ON LOCATION: Shooting Spring ‘17 with Garnet Hill, PART 2: TUSCANY

In September of 2016, our photography team spent three weeks shooting Spring ‘17 swimwear and clothing collections in two unforgettable settings: the Greek island of Naxos, and Tuscany.

You can work 12-hour days with nowhere to sit. You can endure steamy heat and bounce for hours along cobblestone roads in a rented van crammed with photography equipment. And still, friends and coworkers will not countenance your complaints …  because, after all, you are in Tuscany.

One of the most naturally beautiful places on earth.

Castello Di Argiano in Tuscany, one of two vineyards where the Spring ’17 Garnet Hill catalog was photographed.

Castello Di Argiano in Tuscany, one of two vineyards where the Spring ’17 Garnet Hill catalog was photographed.

Better still, you are a guest, as we were, at Castello Di Argiano, the estate of Giuseppe Maria Sesti – astronomer, author, winemaker – his daughter Elisa, co-director of the vineyard, and his wife Sarah, a fine gardener and cook.

Guiseppe takes us on tour.

Guiseppe takes us on tour.

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Sesti is among a small but growing number of biodynamic wineries in Italy where constellations and the celestial calendar are factored into strategies for planting, growing, and harvesting grapes.

PHENOMENA commemorates a significant astronomical event that occurred on September 6, 2005 during harvest. After sunset, the conjunction of the planets venus and jupiter, the star spica (the ear of cohn) together with the sickle of the new moon. The event took place over the constellation Virgo.during the year of harvest.

PHENOMENA commemorates a significant astronomical event that occurred on September 6, 2005 during harvest. After sunset, the conjunction of the planets venus and jupiter, the star spica (the ear of cohn) together with the sickle of the new moon. The event took place over the constellation Virgo.during the year of harvest.

The elements of a Tuscany wine cellar: stone, glass, grapes, oak, time.

The elements of a Tuscany wine cellar: stone, glass, grapes, oak, time.

Giuseppe has written five books on ancient calendar systems. He analyzes the influence of the moon on vines and the making of wine, minimizing sulphites along the way. His tables of small and large moon cycles are employed in agriculture to reduce the use of chemicals on the land.

Good morning!

Good morning!

Cypress trees and border hedges at Castello Di Argiano

Cypress trees and border hedges at Castello Di Argiano

Serenity now.

Serenity now.

The Sesti estate is 254 acres, encompassing vineyards, olive groves and woodland. The vineyards are situated on the southern slopes of Montalcino, where some of the most notable Brunello wines originate.

An offering at harvest time.

An offering at harvest time.

The Glorious Constellations: History and Mythology by Giuseppe Maria Sesti

The Glorious Constellations: History and Mythology by Giuseppe Maria Sesti

The Tuscan countryside in September.

The Tuscan countryside in September.

After a long day, a fine dinner in a former chapel at the estate.

After a long day, a fine dinner in a former chapel at the estate.

Long legs in a tiny Italian car. The car is an Autobianchini.

Long legs in a tiny Italian car. The car is an Autobianchini.

The photo crew, on location.

The photo crew, on location.

Ancient stonework is everywhere, delighting photographers. In places, historic artifacts were long ago subsumed by homes built around them.

Ancient stonework is everywhere, delighting photographers. In places, historic artifacts were long ago subsumed by homes built around them.

While driving home one night, our crew caught sight of a herd of 20 wild boar in the headlights. They disappeared into the vineyards before we could get a photo.

While driving home one night, our crew caught sight of a herd of 20 wild boar in the headlights. They disappeared into the vineyards before we could get a photo.

“You may have the universe if I may have Italy,” said composer Giuseppe Verdi. We’ll take Tuscany, the embodiment of our mantra: Beautiful, Naturally.™ Watch for the photography in our spring ’17 catalog.

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Epilogue

Returning from balmy Tuscany to New Hampshire in late September, we walked across the street from the parking lot to the Garnet Hill office and heard a clack-clack-clacking as cars drove past. It couldn’t be, yet there it was …

People had begun switching over to studded snow tires.

ON LOCATION: Shooting Spring ‘17 with Garnet Hill, PART 1: NAXOS

In September of 2016, our photography team spent three weeks shooting Spring ‘17 swimwear and clothing collections in two unforgettable settings: the Greek island of Naxos, and Tuscany.

Situated in the heart of the Aegean Sea, Naxos is the largest of the Cycladic islands, and the stage upon which many events in Greek mythology are set.

Zeus – king of the Greek gods, and not one to be trifled with – was said to have been raised on Naxos; Zas, its tallest mountain, is named for him.

The wedding of Dionysus and Ariadne is said to have blessed the island with the fertility in its earth and the wine in its inhabitants.

Garnet Hill Photo Shoot on Naxos, Spring 2017. Morning energy, all smiles.

Morning energy, all smiles.

Garnet Hill Photo Shoot on Naxos, Spring 2017. In the Aegean Sea.

In the Aegean Sea

The island boasts mountains, fertile valleys, gorges, traditional villages, monasteries, castles, and, of particular interest to us for a swim shoot, seascapes.

Garnet Hill Photo Shoot on Naxos, Spring 2017. We constructed this set on the beach, to add dimension. You’ll see it in our catalog and online.

We constructed this set on the beach, to add dimension. You’ll see it in our catalog and online.

Garnet Hill Photo Shoot on Naxos, Spring 2017. Crew and model at work.

Crew and model at work.

Did you catch the Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown http://youtu.be/eLu3dUvHVvk episode on the Greek Islands? It was part of the reason we chose Naxos. Many Greek islands have been our backdrop over the years, including Crete, Paros, Mykonos, and Corfu.

Garnet Hill Photo Shoot on Naxos, Spring 2017. Filtering the light. Shoots typically pause for 90 minutes at noon, when the sun is directly overhead and less favorable.

Filtering the light. Shoots typically pause for 90 minutes at noon, when the sun is directly overhead and less favorable.

Garnet Hill Photo Shoot on Naxos, Spring 2017. Guess which one is the model.

Guess which one is the model.

The crew members we convened for this trip hail from Los Angeles, New York, Argentina, New Zealand, England, France, Greece, and Brazil. Two had birthdays during the shoot and were sung a birthday song in English, Greek, Italian, Spanish, French, and Portuguese. A memorable celebration, though one gets hungry for cake by the end.

We were always made to feel welcome on Naxos by the local folks, many of whom spoke English. But their hospitality came as no surprise. Zeus has always been a protector of strangers and guests.

Garnet Hill Photo Shoot on Naxos, Spring 2017. A long day done.

A long day done.