A US artist has turned microscope images of crystalised drinks into artworks by photographing drink crystals with a standard light microscope fitted with a camera and two polarizing filters. No special effects or colouring is used with the light passing through the alcohol crystals producing the fantastic colourful works.
Rather than a photo of the liquid alcohol drops the artist allowed a drop of each alcoholic beverage to dry on a microscope slide, slowly forming the crystals. Depending on the base constituents of the drinks (whether they were mixed or straight) some of the crystals took from a month to 6 months to form. The process was developed using geological science techniques where polarized light is used to identify minerals in thin sections of rock.
While they were originally used as designs for ties in the 90s, BEVSHOTS now produces and markets the images as artwork.
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