Black Hole by Fabian Oefner

Published on March 25, 2013

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Fabian Oefner (born 1984, Switzerland) is a curious investigator, photographer and artist, whose work moves between the fields of art and science. He is on a mission to harness elemental forms of natural phenomena and capture them in the most stunning way possible. His aim is to present the unseen and poetic facets of our natural world and to invite us to stop for a moment and appreciate the magic that constantly surrounds us.

Oefner`s work has been featured in internationally renowned print and online media such as New Scientist, FOCUS, Wired, Huffington Post and BBC Online. His photographs have been exhibited in Switzerland and Brazil and are part of several private collections around the globe. He currently works and lives in Suhr/Switzerland, where he runs a photo studio.

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Black Hole is a series of images, which shows paint modeled by the centripetal force. The setup is very simple: Various shades of acrylic paint are dripped onto a metallic rod, which is connected to a drill. When switched on, the paint starts to move away from the rod, creating these amazing looking structures.
The motion of the paint happens in a blink of an eye, the images you see are taken only millisecond after the drill was turned on. To capture the moment, where the paint forms that distinctive shape, I connected a sensor to the drill, which sends an impulse to the flashes. These specialized units are capable of creating flashes as short as a 1/40000 of a second, freezing the motion of the paint.

Fabian Oefner

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