The stunning photographs of whiskey stained glass by Ernie Button





Phoenix based photographer Ernie Button has created a series of beautiful photographs by capturing the intricate effects light and glass have on evaporated whiskey stains.

The series, titled ‘Vanishing Spirits: The Dried Remains of Single Malt Scotch’, displays Button’s creative use of whiskey residue and light, that result in stunning technicoloured landscapes almost unworldly in their unique aesthetic appearance. Each of the 75 photos of stained glass have their own unique character and a marble, almost planet-like quality.

Explaining his technique on his personal website, erniebutton.com, the artist said: “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 colour lights to add ‘life’ to the bottom of the glass, creating the illusion of landscape, terrestrial or extra-terrestrial. 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.”

The idea for Button’s alcohol inspired artwork came about after he put a used Scotch glass into the dishwasher and noticed the way the residue had left a fine, lacy pattern at the bottom of the glass.

To view more photographs from Ernie Button’s ‘Vanishing Spirits: The Dried Remains of Single Malt Scotch’ visit his website here.
 
 
 
 

Written by: Ben Moss

Ben Moss 

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