Here is another experiment in capturing light passing through liquids and being how the iPhone’s camera reacts.

This is light reflecting through a cocktail that is a deep maroon brown. It contains a mix of rye whisky, orange bitters and Tia Maria. The swirls are deep and rich hues of brown, red and orange.
At a slightly different angle the light shifts and the fluid of the cocktail becomes more golden and an angry sky forms in the reflection above the swirls. The feedback caused by the increased exposure adds texture.
This cocktail was made with gin and St. Germain. The clear liquid captures and reflects the surrounding environment, introducing all sorts of colors for the iPhone camera to pick up.
The classic Sidecar cocktail is a tawny amber color. The iPhone camera accents that and the glow of the light reflected from a window through the glass.


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.