How many of you wind down after a long, grueling workday with a glass of wine? Wine seems to make everything okay at the end of a bad day. Can a glass of wine really make everything better? What about two or three glasses of wine?
Photographer Marcos Alberti launched the “3 Glasses” project to find out the affects of drinking wine after a long day of work. What started as a joke, turned into a viral photography project. Photographer Marcos Alberti was drinking with some friends when they came up with the idea.
He used his own friends as his subjects. He wanted to take pictures of his friends immediately after a long work day. Then he gave them a glass of wine, then two glasses, then three glasses to see if there was a transformation.
He posted some of his pictures, and thanks to Imgur user Minabear, they quickly went viral. In the first week, the pictures already had more than 1,800 comments and a million views. He then decided that he wanted to take more pictures. This time he would take pictures of people outside of his friend group as well.
“The first picture was taken right away when our guests had just arrived at the studio in order to capture the stress and the fatigue after a full day after working all day long and from also facing rush hour traffic to get here,” Marcos wrote on his website. “Only then could fun time and my project begin.”
Marcos wanted to make sure that his photos were as authentic as possible. Because of this, he wanted to take a picture right when they walked in. When they felt their worst and their most tired and rundown. He wanted to capture the stress from the day and whatever mood work left them in.
After one glass, you can see how people are more comfortable and more open in front of the camera. Once they had a minute to relax and unwind, sip a glass, you can see them instantly shred the stress of the day.
Then, by the second glass, the silliness begins! This girl goes from serious to sassy to downright silly. In the end, her goof factor is through the roof! Look at how happy she is in the last photograph when you compare it to the first picture.
By his third glass of wine this man is a completely different person! He is not just saying, "Cheese!", he is eating it. He is using a cheese prop and everything. This is a much better way to end the day then his mood in the first picture.
You can also really tell the difference when you look at their eyes. They start off looking at the camera and once they get a little tipsy, they don't bother to look at the camera at all. They are so comfortable and having so much fun, there is hardly any eye contact towards the end.
Some also tried to keep it together more than others. In the end, no matter how resistant they were, they opened up. Look at how uncomfortable and guarded she is in the first two pictures and then the shift in the third and fourth pictures. It's amazing!
Marcos’ project was a huge success. It proves that wine really does help people relax, unwind and break free. Most of these people allowed themselves to open up and let go after just one glass of wine. Just remember, it's all in moderation and alcohol shouldn't become a crutch. But a glass of wine after work may be just what the doctor ordered.