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Ernie Button’s Surreal Worlds Photography from Whisky Glass Residues

It’s one thing to enjoy single malt whisky but it is another to make art from them. Or more accurately the residue left in the glasses after the whisky is gone!

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The genius behind this innovative photographic series, Vanishing Spirits, is Ernie Button who is based in Phoenix, Arizona.  While most people would be annoyed or resigned having to clean out the dried whisky residue at the bottom of glasses, he saw something much more positive.

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He explained, “It only takes a very thin layer of Scotch to create; 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.”  He does experiment with different colored lights to produce what looks like surreal worlds.  

The fluid mechanics behind the pattern formation hasn’t been fully understood but the results are  definitely pleasing to the eye. It takes a special kind of photographer like Button to see beyond the ordinary. He says, ” My images often provide a voice to objects that are ignored and are frequently overlooked or taken for granted.”

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