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The filmy remains of a glass of whisky were photographed by Ernie Button, revealing otherworldly landscapes and planetary hazes, in the Vanishing Spirits project.

“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 colour lights to add ‘life’ to the bottom of the glass, creating the illusion of landscape, terrestrial or extraterrestrial.”

Button captured the varying formations of several different Scotches, each creating their own unique visions…

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See Ernie Button’s full whisky collection up close in Vanishing Spirits