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.

fabian oefner: iridient bursting soap bubbles 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. 

fabian oefner: iridient bursting soap bubbles the deformations are created through blowing on the bubble

 

fabian oefner: iridient bursting soap bubbles the colors are achieved through special lighting techniques

 

fabian oefner: iridient bursting soap bubbles a funnel from a sugar pourer is used to create the bubbles

 

fabian oefner: iridient bursting soap bubbles the moment of bursting

 

fabian oefner: iridient bursting soap bubbles an effervescent explosion

 

fabian oefner: iridient bursting soap bubbles

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

    roem
  • 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
  • OMG amazing!

    Luyi
  • i love the creativity and keeness

    agutta
  • 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

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