Rafael Mantesso’s life after his 30th birthday is a classic case of “when life hands you lemons”. On his – or, to be more precise, his dog’s – website, Mantesso relates how he turned his life around when his wife left him with nothing but a dog – and a wealth of white walls. Oh, and a couple of essentials: a bed and the fridge. The dog in question is a spirited bull terrier named Jimmy, christened by Mantesso’s divorced wife after – you guessed it right – shoe designer Jimmy Choo.
Life after divorce can be sad and boring; Rafael found himself often doodling on the walls of his newly-empty house. He could have drowned himself in beer and misery but instead, he decided to turn his life around with the greatest things he had available: Jimmy, the clean white walls, and his artistic gift. While watching Jimmy cavort around the empty house, a brilliant idea struck him: to place the dog against his sketches, and capture adorable photographs.