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From geek to chic.

In 1992, a research scientist named Michael Davidson stumbled upon a genius idea right under his nose - literally. In his 25 year career through the many facets of microscopy, he had taken photographs under the microscope of a collection of items - DNA, biochemicals and vitamins.


          

    DNA Crystals 

      

 Michael W. Davidson with
Standard Light Microscope 


Looking for novel ways to fund his Florida State University lab, Davidson decided to take his microphotographs to businesses for possible commercial opportunities.  While presenting his pictures to established retail companies, one necktie manufacturer changed his creative direction with just one word – cocktails.
 
With this new direction, Davidson took his microphotography a step further. Along with mixed drinks, he picked out a few favorite brews and wines too, took some shots of the beverages under his microscope and the
Molecular ExpressionsTM Cocktail Collection was born. The drink-donned neckties were top shelf from 1995 to 2002, and now his buzz-worthy images are shaking up the art world with BevShots.


         

Cocktail Collection Ad

 

  Cocktail Collection Neckties   

              
BevShot images are made by first crystallizing the drink of choice on a lab slide. Using a standard light microscope with a camera attached, the light source is polarized and passed through the crystal. This creates the magnificent colors we see in our favorite drinks featured on this site.

BevShots are licensed from Florida State University and Michael Davidson, but the man who keeps the party going is Lester Hutt, president of BevShots MicroArt, LLC. BevShots is the perfect blend of Hutt’s business and science background. While working on his graduate degree in chemistry from UC Berkeley, Hutt worked on NASA’s Mars probes searching for evidence of past life on the red planet. Apple, Inc. then called on him to be a part of history as they released their revolutionary new product, the iPod. 

           

         

Lester Hutt

 

Lester's Favorite 
   German Pilsner
    


Lester focuses his personal and business life on a simple philosophy of ethics and integrity. He enjoys pursuing business ideas that re-invigorate everyone's interest in science. With a personal passion for the art with a twist, Lester’s new business venture makes his every hour, happy hour.