Drinking wine doesn’t just change how you feel—it also changes how you act and how you look. Marcos Alberti’s series “3 Glasses Later” is proof.
“There is a saying about wine that I really like and it’s something like this: ‘The first glass of wine is all about the food, the second glass is about love and the third glass is about mayhem.’ I really wanted to see for myself if that affirmation was in fact true,” he wrote in a statement about the series.
Over six nights in January 2014, Alberti conducted his experiment with friends at his studio in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Upon arrival, Alberti took a photo of each sober guest in front of a door. After finishing a glass of wine—which he provided—he instructed them to head over from the bar to the camera for another portrait. In the final photos, which comprise the four images taken over the course of the boozy night, articles of clothing disappear and smiles emerge. Alberti, a wine enthusiast himself, also appears in one of the shots.
“They became more and more relaxed, and started to tell personal things. Their behavior in front of the camera changed,” Alberti said via email.
Alcohol, Alberti says, can get a bad rap, but he expects his photos will show that it can also be a source of joy.
“If you drink responsibly, surrounded by your friends and in a happy environment, wine is great!” he said.