Last month, I was commissioned by Mandranova, a luxury villa and olive oil company in Sicily, to photograph the olive harvest, the estate and the recipes for their forthcoming book. This book will celebrate and coincide with their tenth anniversary and will include many of the authentic Sicilian recipes they prepare for the guests like Cannoli, Timballo di anelletti, and Pasta con le sarde a mare. These are some of the images from the harvest to the finished product. More of my work, including food and wine images, can be seen on my website. Thank you for letting me share this short photo essay with you. If you have any food, product or lifestyle projects please contact me below or visit my website at www.lesliebrienzaphotography.com

The method of collecting and gathering the olives on nets in Sicily

The method of collecting and gathering the olives on nets in Sicily

A worker gathering a handful of Nocellara olives during the harvest

A worker gathering a handful of Nocellara olives during the harvest

 

 

 

 

 

From tree to mill as quickly as the baskets can be filled. Always a tractor standing by to guarantee the freshest oil possible

A peaceful and contemplative scene in the mill. My job was to capture moments like this and the way of life in Sicily

Always enjoyed photographing in the production facility especially when I could hold a small cup under this fresh and warm stream of olive oil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They also produce a blend. This is the new bottle from the 2015 harvest. Bottles are one of my specialties and all the magic happens in my studio

They also produce a blend. This is the new bottle from the 2015 harvest. Bottle photography is one of my specialties and all the magic happens in my studio

Four olive varieties are grown on the property, Nocellara, Giarraffa, Biancolilla and Cerasuola. All native to Sicily. This is one of the styled bottle shots of the Giarraffa I shot in my studio

Four olive varieties are grown on the property, Nocellara, Giarraffa, Biancolilla and Cerasuola. All native to Sicily. This is one of the styled bottle shots of the Giarraffa I shot in my studio