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Fabian Oefner Transforms Rock Dropping into Colorful Orchids

By: Tiffany - Published: • References: fabianoefner and wired
Switzerland-born Fabian Oefner is a photographer and artist who is fascinated by the movement and dynamics between art and science. He uses the natural phenomena of sound waves, centripetal forces to explore different perspectives of his own art work.

'Orchid' is Oefner's most recent project as a continuation of his Action Paint series, which includes 'Black Hole' and 'Liquid Jewel.' The installation is a play on gravity and how it can be used to manipulate paint. He uses a rock or a metal sphere and simply drops the object into a tub of paint; he uses a sound-triggered camera flash system so that when an object falls into the paint, making a sound, the flash will be triggered to take the photograph.

Although it may sound like a piece of cake, Oefner reminds us that it's not an easy task to find the desired effect and it's often through tedious process of trial and error until he gets the final product he wants.