The artist and photographer Ernie Button has looked at Scotch whisky from a different perspective when creating his photography collection ‘Vanishing Spirits – The Dried Remains of Single Malt Scotch’. He has created these stunning displays by capturing images of the dried patterns that whisky leaves at the bottom of a glass.
As Ernie describes himself on his own website, for over 35 years Phoenix, Arizona has been his home and for much of his adult life, photography has provided him a forum to communicate his past & present, his humor & concerns, his observations & explorations.
Although his subject matter varies, his images focus on the individual nature of objects (and occasionally people) and the unique qualities that each possesses. They also often provide a voice to objects that are ignored and are frequently overlooked or taken for granted.
According to other press reports, Button’s fascination with whisky began when he married into his wife’s Scotch-drinking family. He apparently noticed that lacy lines covered the bottom of a glass of single malt scotch when putting a used glass into the dishwasher at home. Other glasses appeared to produce various patterns of dried sediment.
“It’s a little like snowflakes, in that every time the Scotch dries, the glass yields different patterns and results,” says Button.
He thought that trying to capture the patterns might make for an interesting photography project. Having seen the full collection available on his website across different brands, I would have to agree with that…click here for the link.
Note that the images were titled with the specific Scotch whisky that the rings were created with and the number used after the brand name is a 3 digit number that has nothing to do with the age of the scotch. Merely a number to help differentiate between images.
Some of the images can also be purchased through photo-eye gallery online.