Air and Sulphur

In December 2015 we had the privilege of interviewing Robert Holmes as Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year 2015 after he won the ‘Place’ sub-category for his image ‘First Snow’. You can read the full interview here including details of his extensive background in photography.

This year we are delighted to be talking to him again as not only the Overall Winner of Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year 2016 but also Winner of the Marks & Spencer Food Adventures Category!



Title: Puna, Lake Titicaca, Peru

Description: Open air market in Puna on the shore of Lake Titicaca.

Technical: Leica M with 35mm Summilux lens1st_robert_holmes_puno_lake_titicaca_credited

More about capturing the image: I saw the light on the stall and waited for the appropriate person to walk by. A woman in traditional dress provided exactly the punctuation I needed.

This was my first visit to Peru and although Machu Pichu more than lived up to expectations I was anxious to escape the tourist hoards. Lake Titicaca provided that escape and gave me a window on traditional life in the country.  I always gravitate to the local food culture and this inevitably includes markets.

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Title: Mayasara Winery, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Description: Burning sulphur sticks in barrels prior to re-use, to prevent spoilage organisms contaminating the wood.

Technical: Nikon D41st_robert_holmes_mayasara_winery_credited

More about capturing the image: Early morning light flooding the winery backlit the sulphur smoke coming out of the barrels.  I just had to find a viewpoint that allowed me to compose the photograph in a strong composition.

Mayasara Winery has one of the biggest Biodynamic vineyards in North America and I saw this scene when I was waiting to leave for a tour of the vineyards.  I photograph vineyards and wineries internationally and sometimes it’s difficult to come up with fresh images.  I had never seen this process before and the smoke made the shot.  I just had to wait until the “cellar rat” was in the best position.



Why and how do you know that you have taken a shot that has that extra magical ‘something’?

After 40 years working as a photographer you know instinctively if you have a good shot.  Some you work for, some are serendipity but when you capture it, you know.


What would you say attracts you most to the photography of food?

I love food and wine.  Outside of photography I am a passionate cook so I enjoy working alongside some of the best chefs in the world.


What are your thoughts on the cultural impacts of new smartphone apps on the photography sector? Positive, negative, no impact? Why?

Smartphones have democratised photography, nevertheless, photography is about seeing, not equipment.


Which photographers, if any, have most influenced your work?

Bill Brandt, Sebastian Salgado, Alex Webb


Please tell us about your latest work & projects?

I continue to shoot wineries and vineyards and I’m currently working on a documentary on sustainability in the food and wine industries.  I also lead photography tours throughout the world through


To contact Robert visit:


Twitter: @travelpix

Facebook: robert.holmes1

Instagram: @bobholmesphoto

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