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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.
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.
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 focuses his personal and business life on a simple philosophy of ethics and integrity. Currently, he is an
active member of Rotary International, the American Red Cross and Junior Achievement, where he teaches
business fundamentals to high school students.
He enjoys pursuing business ideas that re-establish manufacturing in the United States and in fact made it a point
to keep BevShots, from start to finish, a product that is made in the U.S.A. With a personal passion for the art with
a twist, Lester’s new business venture makes his every hour, happy hour.