The scottish photograph, Mark Unsworth, is the guest of Cognac Museum till mid january. Famous specialist of food and beverage world, and more specially of the distilleries of Islay island where he lives and works, he has brought a fresh look on cognac distilleries of small properties. And for him, it has been the story of a nice discovery.
He came in 2014 to visit Cognac region on the advice of the friend of him, and met Jean Luc Montembaud, cognac lover from Cognac Tasting Tour who opened secret places for him. He felt in love with the region, the people, the old distilleries and black cellars. If he discovered our god blessed region, he’s not a newcomer at all in photography. Since 16 years, after a first live as press photographer, he’s a renowned specialist of food and beverage shots. Each year since the beginning of the famous contest “Global Food Photographer of the Year”, one of his photos is selected as a finalist.
I do love this exhibition even if I regret that the framed prints are not in the same room. In my opinion, this subtile work lose in intensity.
I do love the black -and -white choice which gives an idea of the silent of the men and cellars. These stunning shots, which have certainly needed many hours to catch the right moment, seem to display a raw expression without any affect. And at the same time Mark Unsworth makes visible the invisible.
Cellars and distilleries are particular places, owning a great part of mystery. He has perfectly succeeded in revealing the soul of them, as these of the people in front of him.
For cognac, ageing is a core value, the exhibition celebrates its in an artistic manner.