Fabian Oefner’s Fascinating Photos of Paint and Motion

Swiss artist Fabian Oefner creates colorful art by harnessing scientific properties in an effort to bring our attention to the beauty of the natural world that surrounds us. Using high speed photography, Fabian Oefner captures vibrantly colored paint as they are disturbed or manipulated by forces of nature such as sound, wind, centripetal forces and magnetism.

“What I’m trying to do as a photographer, as an artist, is to bring the world of art and science together," Oefner said during a TED Talk. "Whether there’s an image of a soap bubble..a universe made of tiny little beads of oil paint.. or paint that is moving by centrifugal sources. I’m always trying to link these two fields together. They both respond to their surroundings in very different ways."

For “Dancing Colors”, the artist mounted a thin plastic foil on top of the membrane of a common loud speaker and then added hundreds of colorful, tiny crystals onto the foil. Every time a sound is played through the speaker, the vibration caused by that sound made the crystals jump up and down, forming these peculiar looking forms and figures you see in the images.