Skin Contact

Matt Wilson, a photographer based in Chile was Winner of our Errazuriz Wine Photographer of the Year 2016 (People Category) for his image ‘Skin Contact’. The photograph shows Lucas Niven, the winemaker of Pala Corazon winery, being hosed down with wine in a cement fermentation tank at the winery. The image was made through the top entrance looking down.


Technical: PhaseOne camera, IQ260 sensor and 28mm Lens. One strobe fired inside the tank. An Elinchrom Ranger Quadra

This wasn’t the first win for Matt, you can read about his winning image in 2015 here too.

How does it feel to be a Finalist for the Pink Lady® Food Photographer of the Year 2016?

Feels great. Such a prestigious competition. Just to be shortlisted is a major honour.

Please tell us more about capturing your Finalist image. For example, what was happening around you, what inspired the shot, what time of day, challenges you had in capturing it.

Lucas Niven the winemaker in the image, asked me for something slightly different to show the passion, but also the fun side of his wines. We worked out how to shoot the image over about two days. The hardest part was the fumes of the wine reaching up to me, and also affecting the subjects.

What was it about the image that you feel fitted the category so well?

I feel the image is original in its concept, its production and in its finished print. It shows I think how I feel about wine. Though I make my living from wine photography, I still always associate wine with good fun times with friends and family

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

I used to think negatively, until I saw the amazing work that some photographers have made on smart phones. Last year's phone winner was such an amazing image, one of my favourites from last year's competition. So I think in the right hands (a creative person) they can be very positive. However the usual "look what I'm eating" on instagram tend to be a bit poorly thought out, and badly lit.

Matt1Image above: Matt Wilson

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

Irving Penn and Robert Capa, are the two who spring to mind.

Please tell us a little about where you live and if, at all, how it influences your photography.

I live in the middle of Viu manent vineyards in Chile. My wife is a winemaker and most of our friends are in the wine industry.

Matt2What exciting projects have you been working on since winning the category?

Since winning last year I have been very busy. I did a shoot for Vanity Fair in Argentina. I spent a few days with Gauchos on a cattle ranch in Salta, see image above.

Also I am working on a Chilean food book with a great chef called Rodrigo Bravo. I have been photographing producers of food. I have attached a salt worker portrait (seen left) from Cahuil on the Chilean coast. One of only five places in the world to mine sea salt in tidal flats.

Finally I just had an exhibition in Santa Cruz in Chile. After the terrible fires we had this last Summer I decided to donate an exhibition of portraits of local people to the town. The prints are being sold and all profits are going to people who lost their homes.

Matt3I have attached a photo of Juan Pescado, the towns fish monger, seen right. More details about the exhibition can be seen on the Forbes website.



To connect with Matt visit:


Twitter: @photos_in_chile

Instagram: @Matt.Wilson_GC














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