Art of winemaking captured in year-long photography passion project

A new photographic exhibition at Brown Hill Estate in Margaret River reveals an intimate look at the year in the lives of the estate’s renowned winemakers.  

Since graduating in Photographic Design from Utrecht University in the Netherlands, photographer Sabine Albers has sought out creative challenges around the globe.

Living and working in New York, London and Sydney, Albers has been involved in many major photographic projects: from global adventure racing circuits, to worldwide advertising campaigns, to international sporting organisations.

But every so often, she searches for a ‘passion project’ – a photography or video project that is not commissioned by a client.

“There are many motivations for these projects, but at the core is the fundamental challenge involved with revisiting the same subject, location and people over time,” said Albers.

While this repetition and slower pace provides more time to observe and uncover the true underlying story, it also creates a challenge to capture images in different and unique ways, to tell a compelling story

Sabine Albers

Her latest project became the desire to follow the region’s winemakers as they created their product, Albers’ images exploring the dedication and connection to nature needed to make wine of the highest quality.

“While this repetition and slower pace provides more time to observe and uncover the true underlying story, it also creates a challenge to capture images in different and unique ways, to tell a compelling story.”

Now, the pick of these rare, behind-the- scenes images are being presented in a breathtaking indoor and outdoor exhibition using stunning light pods.

Artist and winemaker talks are scheduled most evenings, where they will discuss the project, the similarities in how they approach their work, and how their passions align.

As one of the few winemakers in Margaret River that hand picks and hand sorts all their estate-grown fruit, the family-owned and operated business is focused solely on producing wine of the highest quality.

Albers said she enjoyed the project on many levels, from getting to know head winemaker Nathan Bailey and his family, to learning about the dedication necessary to make premium wine, to enjoying the simple calm and beauty of walking through their vineyards.

She also discovered that a photographer and a winemaker have much in common in how they approach their craft – Brown Hill’s Bailey is a study in hard work, refusal to cut corners and a constant motivation for improvement. 

‘Perserverance’ will open Thursday November 16, coinciding with the start of the Margaret River Gourmet Escape festival, and will run until November 26.

For more information visit www.brownhillestate.com.au