Vanishing Spirits: The Dried Remains of Single Malt Scotch by Ernie Button

Vanishing Spirits: The Dried Remains of Single Malt Scotch by Ernie Button

Vanishing Spirits: The Dried Remains of Single Malt Scotch by Ernie Button

I wanted to continue a photography theme with my posts today with this beautiful series from Ernie Button called Vanishing Spirits. Mr. Button. a Phoenix, Arizona based photographer, found inspiration in the bottom of a Scotch glass.

What I found through some experimentation is that these patterns and images that you see can be created with the small amount of Single-Malt Scotch left in a glass after most of it has been consumed. The alcohol dries and leaves the sediment in various patterns. It’s a little like snowflakes in that every time the Scotch dries, the glass yields different patterns and results. I have used different color lights to add ‘life’ to the bottom of the glass, creating the illusion of landscape, terrestrial or extraterrestrial. Some of the images reference the celestial, as if the image was taken of space; something that the Hubble telescope may have taken or an image taken from space looking down on Earth.

As I mentioned in my previous post about Suren Manvelyan’s photos of animal eyes, everything in the universe tends to look alike if you know what to look for. So I think it’s pretty amazing to see the commonalities between the residue of scotch, the corneas of animals, and the gaseous surface of a planet like Jupiter.

I couldn’t dig up any information of how he created these images, unfortunately. I think it would be interesting to know how he achieved such textures and colors. You can see more of the Vanishing Spirits series by clicking here.

Vanishing Spirits: The Dried Remains of Single Malt Scotch by Ernie Button

Vanishing Spirits: The Dried Remains of Single Malt Scotch by Ernie Button

Bobby Solomon

April 9, 2013 / By

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