12.7.10

ART
DISTILLED

Check out these absolutely stunning photos
of the molecules in alcoholic drinks.

Just like images of snowflakes, each drink is
different - as seen here when magnified up to
1,000 times under a high tech laboratory
microscope. Produced by American firm
Bevshots, they are on offer as art works
for buyers who appreciate the
hidden beauty of booze.

Capturing the tiny parts that make up
favourite drinks like vodka, pina colada
and Chablis, the pictures were taken in
Florida State University's chemistry
department using an old-fashioned
35mm camera.

"What you can see in the magnified pictures
are the crystalised carbohydrates that have
become sugars and glucose,"
Lester Hutt, 35, the founder
of Bevshots explains.

"Each image was created by using a pipette of
each particular drink and squeezing a drop
onto a slide. Then the droplets are allowed
to dry out and the slide is placed under the
microscope and a picture taken."


It can take up to four weeks for the alcohol to
dry out completely in an airtight container and
the whole process can take up to three months.
Some drinks such as vodka do not have as many
impurities in them as cocktails such as a pina
colada so when they break down into their
constituent parts they can fall apart and not
dry out properly. Photographing vodka
can take up to 200 attempts
to get it right.


Cocktails can have fruit and soft drinks in
them which contain citric acids and complex
sugars which dry out well and look great
photographed. The incredible shapes and
colours of the boozy artwork are highlighted
by shining natural light on top and
through the bottom of the slide.

"With my background in chemistry, I saw the
potential in these kind of pictures and am so
glad to be able to offer them up as art works.
It is a pleasure to show people what makes
up their favourite drinks and how
beautiful it can look," said Lester.


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