June 1, 2015

A Small Photo Gallery: Stainless Steel Wine Tanks

the dullest thing in the world, like, ever?

By In Articles, Photographs, Visiting Northern Greece
Poor old Marcy; she has had enough. I can see her point – I too have visited countless wineries and been whisked through the building as far from the vineyard as possible, to stand under a tower of gleaming stainless steel. Occasionally there might be an old concrete block of tanks, usually abandoned and brushed off with embarrassment. On even rarer occasions the tanks might actually look interesting – either architecturally (such as those at Sarria and Adernats) or decoratively (as at Juve y Camps). Usually not though.

Itโ€™s kind of like someone showing you all the features of their fabulously designed house and then taking you to a closet and saying grandly–โ€œAnd hereโ€™s our water heater”. Marcy Gordon at Come for the Wine

And I play along, looking interested and take a few photos and stifle a yawn as technical details are reeled off, keeping myself awake thinking of the forthcoming lunch. Or dinner. Or wine tasting.

Recently though I’ve begun to see them differently – artistically through my trusty, aging, Canon. And oh, how the camera loves them!

The recent wine trip to Greece is a case in point. Plenty of winery visits and enough wandering around the stainless steel tanks to send Marcy into a stainless steel meltdown, but I returned with several images that I am rather pleased with.

A Small Photo Gallery: Stainless Steel Wine Tanks

Recently a message came through the Twitter wires from Jeanne of Cooksister she was lamenting the lack of a photo project to keep her stimulated and challenged. It was suggested I too could do with a photo-project and stainless steel winery tanks was suggested. But what to do with them now I’ve the photos residing in their own little desktop folder? I can hear Marcy telling me exactly what to do with them and it aint pleasant!

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  1. Well I happen to think these are exceptionally pretty photos of winetanks… ๐Ÿ˜‰ In fact, it would be a sin to leave them somewhere hidden on your computer so well done for publishing them! And I could certainly do with a good photo project myself!

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  2. Jeanne Horak-Druiff June 4, 2015

    Aaaah, always so gratifying to hear that *somebody* pays attention to what I say ;o) You have a talent for shooting these beasts – this is a stunning themed gallery and I love the splashes of red and yellow than punctuate them. I would make a Flickr album of them and maybe do a calendar. You know, like, for other tankspotters… ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  3. Asha July 13, 2015

    Wow!! Steel looks rather sexy there! I have to admit, I prefer the rusticity of traditional wood barrels and associate steel with beer rather than wine. But, hey, they sure make a great subject for the camera lens ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Simon Woolf July 13, 2015

    Wow. As someone who was on this visit, I can attest to how bloody boring these things looked in the flesh. This is impressive…
    Somewhere I have some *really* boring photos of new French oak barrels from the selfsame winery. There’s an hour of my life and a few GBs of data transfer I’ll never get back.

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    • Andrew Barrow July 13, 2015

      I think it just takes a little artistic ‘vision’, a blind leap of faith and a little knowledge of photoshop ๐Ÿ˜‰

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