Rob Tarr Photography



I was commissioned by Inverroche Distillery, Still Bay: the Brief - to show the terroire (sense of place), operations and people.
In 2005 I was the official media photographer for the International Hobie Worlds competition in Port Elizabeth

Composite image

This composite includes the all-important fynbos ingredients that provide the unique taste of Inverroche.

Magnanimous Meg, the beautiful copper still

The large (1000 litre) copper still called Magnanimous Meg is a thing of beauty and presence!

The three gins: Verdant, Classic and Amber

The three gin products can be enjoyed in a range of ways: from the well-known G&T to on the rocks to a dash of soda

The distillery

The main entrance showing Meg and the immaculate layout.

Tapping off the pure gin

The magical end-product is tapped off to be stored in the stainless steel vats.

Eric, happily at work

Moving product from the still to storage

Preparing the bottles

Arnold preparing the bottles for filling.

Copper still detail

Abstract study of a small detail of Magnanimous Meg.

Rich limestone soils

The soils produced from the limestone mountains of the region, contribute towards the unique character of Inverroche's gins.

Inverroche botanicals

A selection of the unique botanicals from the area that provide the desired complexities.

Botanicals in the basket

The fynbos and berries in the baskets infuse the gins with the subtle complexities that separate them from mass-produced products.

Dried figs - suurvy

Dried figs, also called suurvy - are one of the contributors to the botanicals mix.

Brick produced from waste

To reduce wastage and promote sustainability, some of the waste from the distillery is recycled and produced as bricks.

Family portrait

Lorna, Rohan, Lauren and Michael Scott -creators of Inverroche distillery.

Feeding the fire

Michael feeds wood (alien vegetation culled from the area) into the fire.

Local fisherman

One of the local fishermen who operate from Stilbaai harbour.

Traditional fish trap - visvyver

A feature of the Stilbaai area are the ancient fish traps created by early inhabitants of the area.

Intertidal food basket

The rich food availability of the intertidal area is claimed to be one of the reasons that early man emerged here: allowing man the time to develope an awareness of self, and cognitive abilities.

Goukou river, stilbaai

The Goukou river meanders through the valley of Still Bay, creating the perfect ambience.

Still Bay dawn

Early morning light showing the beauty of Still Bay.

Hobie Worlds starting line

Wanting to avoid penalties for crossing the imaginary start line, competitors jostle in perfect symmetry.

Ladies showing the way

A ladies team pushing for speed, and showing the others how it's done.

Hobie pushing the limits

With strong winds and heavy swells on some days, the teams were tested to their limits.

Fierce competition

At this level, the sport is highly competitive, with no margin for error. Here, competitors concentrate, to avoid wind shadows.

Ladies pushing for speed

A ladies team showing the agility and skill needed to be at the top.

Hobies battling it out

You can see the style and elegance of the top sailors, bodies aligned, weight forward in light conditions, and almost completely horizontal to the water.

Hobie team work

Hobie Team work – in strong winds with wind behind, sailors keep their weight back, and the crew needs to keep a beady eye on the jib to prevent a pitchpole

Hobie surf launch

On this day the surf was up, and it was challenging to say the least for the hobies to launch

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