fabian oefner: iridient bursting soap bubbles
fabian oefner: iridient bursting soap bubbles fabian oefner: iridient bursting soap bubbles
jul 04, 2012

fabian oefner: iridient bursting soap bubbles

fabian oefner: iridient bursting soap bubbles all images © fabian oefner




swiss photographer fabian oefner has explored the art of the bursting bubble in his project ‘iridient’. coaxed through the funnel of a sugar dispenser, the soapy air pockets are immortalized in two states: the moment immediately before and after rupturing; and the famous spectrum of colors. the artist explains that this combination of timing is extremely challenging and needs a lot of patience.

the process of capturing the images requires hundreds of photos




when trying to capture the rainbow, oefner applies specialized lighting techniques using illuminated panels to surround the subject and reflect the surface in a particular way. as for the shooting the ephemeral explosion, a purpose-built high speed flash unit is required, about a couple of hundred photos and some persistence.

the deformations are created through blowing on the bubble


the colors are achieved through special lighting techniques


a funnel from a sugar pourer is used to create the bubbles


the moment of bursting


an effervescent explosion


  • now if we could only solidify the bubbles and make them into bowls…or as is the case with the last picture, contact lenses!

    mehere says:
  • i love the creativity and keeness

    agutta says:
  • OMG amazing!

    Luyi says:
  • Those photos make me think about a book by Stephen Hawking ‘a brief history of time’ – our scientific quest to link the infinitely small and infinitely large with one unifying theory – so delicate and fragile and small, full of colour identical to forming galaxies swirling and reacting to each other… awesome!

    Mike Chapman says:
  • Who needs CGI! For some odd reason, those images are both amazing and frightening.

    roem says:

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