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Paint Splatter Photography by Fabian Oefner

Fabian Oefner of Switzerland is a unique photographer with interests in both art and science .  He says he “is on a mission to harness elemental forms of natural phenomena and capture them in the most stunning way possible.”  One recent project is his “Black Hole” series which displays swirls of color against a black background.

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What Oefner does is to use centrifugal force to disperse paint placed on a drill head.  The video below shows how fleeting the moment of dispersal is.  He explains how he does it, “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.”

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The resulting paint splatters are a beautiful harmony of physics and art!

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