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   xoxoxoBruce  Friday Apr 10 12:50 AM

April 10th, 2020 : Vanishing Spirits

Earnie Buttons photographs of dried up Single Malt Scotch (whisky).

The idea for this project occurred while putting a used Scotch glass into the dishwasher. I noted a film on the bottom of a glass and when I inspected closer, I noted these fine, lacey lines filling the bottom. 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.

The circular image references a drinking glass, typically circular, and what the consumer might see if they were to look at the bottom of the glass after the scotch has dried. A technical note about this project. The images were titled with the specific Scotch that the rings were created with. The number is a 3 digit number that has nothing to do with the age of the scotch. Merely a number to help differentiate between images.

I understand this was not a controlled scientific experiment but I have question out of curiosity.
He said the brands showed different, I wonder if the brands repeated a pattern, a look?
The glasses were washed in a dishwasher evidently. I wonder if it was the same detergent each time and were they washed with
comparable loads of dishes? I mean comparable by the residue food on the dishes and how tightly packed the load.


glatt  Friday Apr 10 07:49 AM

That’s cool. I’ve noticed the same sort of thing with red wine glasses I clean in the morning. Kudos to him for photographing it so well.

Griff  Friday Apr 10 08:33 AM

Yeah, that is beautiful photography.

Diaphone Jim  Friday Apr 10 01:31 PM

I need to think about this some more, but the pic of Laphroaig, one of my favorites, seems fitting.

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Apr 10 02:43 PM

The Laphroaig struck me also, made me wonder if that was soap from the previous washing or if he was eating pretzels with his Scotch.

glatt  Friday Apr 10 06:40 PM

We’ll see what this looks like in the morning

BigV  Friday Apr 10 08:40 PM

Why isn't he drinking all the scotch ��???!!!

xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Apr 11 12:16 AM

Because he has to leave some to make a pattern so he can take pictures to make money to buy more Scotch.

glatt  Saturday Apr 11 09:15 AM

Originally Posted by glatt View Post
We’ll see what this looks like in the morning

And after drying out overnight

fargon  Saturday Apr 11 10:48 AM

Looks sticky.

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