When photographer Ernie Button left a Scotch glass out overnight, he noticed something unusual. If you’re an occasionally careless Scotch drinker, you’ve seen it too: the white, powdery film that forms at the bottom of a once-wet but never cleaned glass of Scotch. Curious, he took a closer look.
Thus was born Button’s latest on-going photographic project, Vanishing Spirits: The Dried Remains of Single Malt Scotch.
Button has experimented with different types of Scotch, letting them dry in the glass and then illuminated them with coloured lights. Different Scotches leave different residues, leaving Button with a series of seventy-five gorgeous images, which he’ll be taking to the Islay Festival of Music & Malt.
His research has even inspired Howard Stone, head researcher at Princeton University’s Complex Fluids Group, to further investigate the properties of drying Scotch. Not bad for the guid auld drink.