Impressionism

Eternally linked to the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art movements is the consumption of Absinthe by several key artists such as Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec, Picasso, van Gogh, along with many of their subjects.

Absinthe played a key role in the here and now ideals of the bohemian artists and writers of the period and their quest for the temporary. This lead them to try and capture the movement of light  across surfaces and the transitory qualities that resulted.

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Here I try to capture the light in a glass of Absinthe. It is a pale green spirit that becomes opaque when spring water is added to it. The fluid becomes cloudy or milky with a tint of green, like a pale jade stone or the run-off from a melting glacier.

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By moving the camera around the glass, different refractions occur and the light jumps around. The pale green turns across the spectrum from aqua to chartreuse.

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The slow shutter speed of the camera allows in a great amount of light and heightens the chroma of the colors. At certain points it begins to reflect within the camera and mirror images are captured.

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The “Green Fairy” dances around inside the glass and the iPhone camera captures the twists and turns quite well.