It's been a few days since I've returned from my second trip this year to Italy for work. This time I spent 9 days in sun-drenched Sicily. Home to the formidable active volcano, Etna. This is my second time to the island but the first spending so much time there experiencing the people, food, culture and life of this beautiful place. Words fail to describe the colours, heat, passion, smells, tastes, textures and the beauty of Sicily.
Unlike London, the average temperature of Sicily was about 35C everyday and it was high humidity due to it being surrounded by water. So it was 4am starts with hair and makeup and starting to shoot at about 630am. By noon the temperatures would be too extreme to shoot out in the open air so we either seeked refuge in the shadows of many of Sicily's formidable buildings or waited out the heat with drinks and gelatos until temperatures got a bit more decent to work in.
It was all worth it though. We worked in ornately-decorated Baroque mansions, sunny beaches surrounded by incredibly tanned people, charming cobbled streets with gargoyles and giant wooden doors looking down upon us. And in the background, the soundtrack of passionate Sicilians shouting, singing and discussing the pleasures of their lives. After a hard day's work, we were rewarded at every meal with sun-ripened fruit and vegetables grown and harvested from the fertile volcanic soils of the island and delicious seafood caught fresh from the surrounding seas. Simply and proudly cooked by amazing women such as Mama Rosa. Utterly incredible and I am grateful for what a blessed life and profession I am in to be able to share this with an equally talented and passionate team. Enjoy the pictures!