"Water of Life"
George Bernard Shaw once quoted,
“Whisky is liquid sunshine."
Inspiration for this project came to mind one evening after many hours of work in the darkroom. Needing a break, I poured myself a whisky. The bold, smooth flavours barely had a moment to swell the back of my throat before I noticed a glitter of light bouncing off the near-empty whisky bottle. Oddly unmindful of its shape in the past, I marvelled at its elegant design. I then tucked in another shot of what remained and had an idea.
The next day, I arranged with a local pub to pick up an assortment of their empty whisky bottles. Washed and stripped of their labels, I discovered that these glass containers – apart from carrying liquid sunshine – are designed with a purpose. Not only does a bottle have to conform to all legal requirements, but it goes through a rigorous branding process.
It’s true. Looks matter. The design of a whisky bottle is important. Many brands are simple and stylish. Others are innovative or intriguing. Some ... well, they appear destined for a fashion runway show!
Content vs. marketing: does one buy whisky or the packaging? Good question. “Single malt. Make it a double, please.”