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Paint in Motion – New Series Black Hole by Fabian Oefner

By Jules Ebe on March 11th 2013

Take one part science, two parts creativity, and a dash of power tools and you have the new series by Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner.

Oefner’s series Black Hole is a colorful array of images based on the power of centripetal force. He refers to his work as “moving between the fields of art and science with the mission to harness elemental forms of natural phenomena and capture them in the most stunning way possible.”

He describes the process of capturing these images as simple, yet instantaneous. He attaches a piece of metal layered with acrylic paint to a drill and then simply turns it on.

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.

The setup is simple, and the results are anything but average. Every image varies as the paint responds to the centripetal force. The colors spread like an old tie-dye machine gone haywire. The light glistens off the wet surface and adds dimension to the forms created.

Fabian Oefner – Black Hole





Via Gizmodo

Until next time . . .

Stay Inspired ~ Jules


is a Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer. Her work has been featured in several print publications and selections can be seen in local gallery exhibitions. Connect with her on Facebook and Google+.


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  1. Joseph Prusa


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  2. Paul Davies

    This whole flying paint thing has been really big these past few years, but I approve of this different perspective.

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  3. Jere Kibler

    Super cool!

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