One of the many special things that drew me to photography more than 20 years ago was the magic of working in the darkroom. It was an otherworldly experience to watch a blank piece of paper, resting in a Dektol solution, as it slowly revealed images that I had captured through my camera. Some years later I would find that the same feelings of wonder watching equally mysterious imagery reveal themselves at the bottom of scotch whiskey.
The idea for this project came to me when I put a used Scotch glass into the dishwasher after the glass had been left out overnight. As I did so, I noticed a patterned film of fine lines on the bottom of the glass where the dregs of my whiskey had dried. Because my studio is perpetually set up for close-up photography, I immediately took the glass into my studio to see how it would look on film. I am now shooting digitally; at the time, I was shooting medium format film.