Events & Exhibitions
Shingleback Summer Sundowners
5:00 to 7:30pm Friday Nights until the end of March 2014
Feel like sinking slowly into the weekends during summer? Then why not drop in to Shingleback’s Cellar Door, enjoy a taste of our extensive award winning wines, buy a glass or two or simply enjoy some of the mouth watering food available for purchase from Nigel Rich & his team at the
Light entertainment will also be provided
Shingleback Wine Cellar Door, 3 Stump Hill Road, McLaren Vale SA 5171
Phone 08 8 323 9919
BEN HEIDE ART EXHIBITION
7th February to 31st March 2014
BEN HEIDE – photographer
For as long as he can remember, Ben was filled with enthusiasm and interest for his father’s old Pentax 35mm SLR camera. By the time he was in his pre-teens, he was experimenting with it, taking shots of his skateboarding mates during the early 90’s.
It wasn’t until 2011, when his wife became pregnant, that Ben purchased his first DSLR – and the obsession was instantaneous. His revelation that he’d be able to experiment with artistically capturing his passions (his kids, winemaking, skateboarding and people) in a way that actually showed how his peculiar mind was interpreting an object or situation, was awe-inspiring. He explains “I try to capture the ‘vibe’ that I feel when seeing something beautiful – I want to somehow convey the way I see its brilliance. Showing beauty in perceived ugliness, finding the art in lines, wood and rocks and winemaking. I really love trying to put my obscure thoughts through the lens.”
Ben is without formal training but his unbridled experimentation, drive to capture his unique interpretations and constant hunger for knowledge teamed with an almost non-existent sleep-life means that his skills and style are continuously evolving. His work as a winemaker means he has access to fascinating mechanical subjects as well as dream-like vineyard vistas. Oh and access to wine. He’s modest about his passion “I get ideas in my head and then I just have to see if they’ll work. Often they don’t but the experimentation process is the best part, it never gets boring and it makes me feel really alive.”
Over the past two years, Ben’s photography has been sought out and published in a number of wine and skateboarding publications, utilised for large wine marketing events and trade websites. He has produced a calendar for his employers, which sells in the Patritti Cellar Door and his online fans are many.
Vintrospection - Debut Exhibition – Ben Heide
This first exhibition appearance of Ben’s work captures the splendour of wine, seen through his eyes. He explains “Vineyard sunrises and vistas are beautiful in the conventional sense of the word but I’m also fortunate to be surrounded by less conventionally beautiful scenes as I go about my winemaking. Juice flowing, old tendrils, the vascular system within leaves...these are a little more inconspicuous with their beauty and cause different emotions within me. I convey these through light and colour. I find beauty in old things, therefore the recycled windows represent this - a window into how my mind sees the beauty I’m surrounded by.”