World-renowned yachting photographer Ingrid Abery shares her story with Sail + Leisure. After catching up with her at the Odzala Discovery Camps 52 SUPER SERIES V& Waterfront regatta in Cape Town in March 2020, we wanted to share some of her epic moments with you.
With a BA Hons Degree in Sculpture & Photography in her camera bag, Ingrid Abery cut her marine photographic teeth tracking the renowned 18ft skiff fleet powering down Sydney Harbour in a 26-knot northeaster wind from a helicopter. Shifting from painting in 3D to painting with light and form ‘in-camera’ her blank canvas each morning became a large expanse of water and a set of race marks. With each wind shift, tack, gybe and close mark rounding she endeavours to frame compelling images to document, illustrate, inspire and move her audience. She is equally at home using a helicopter as she is on a white-knuckle ride in a chase boat. This high-octane environment has served her well as an event photographer for numerous international regattas and assignments for names such as Hugo Boss, Rolex, Jaguar and Louis Vuitton. Being at the sharp end as a fleet cross-tacks towards a dramatic weather mark rounding or tracking a superyacht from a chopper keeps Ingrid’s heart beating as a photographer.
Two Olympic Games, America’s Cup events, Grand Prixsailing events, Superyachtevents, classic boat events, and World Championship circuits feature in the archives. Abery’s photography furnishes most of the international yachting publications featuring one hundred front covers. Her images service advertising campaigns and her gallery offers bespoke wall art for superyacht interiors.
Ingrid is a member of the Royal Photographic Society, Sports Journalists’ Association and Yachting Journalists’ Association and her work has been exhibited internationally. The much anticipated Odzala Discovery Camps 52 SuperSeries V&A Waterfront Cape Town event provided an image for a page for her 2021 calendar due out later in the year. Meanwhile, as the yachting circuit waits to re-engage in the sport of sailing, She is showing a virtual weekly exhibition offering limited edition prints and occasional deals.