This Is No Portray. It’s Melted Metallic

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Fabian Oefner loves working with uncommon supplies like motor oil and evaporated alcohol. He even drove a Ferrari right into a wind tunnel and splattered it with neon paint. Now he’s photographing melted bismuth, a metallic he prizes for its iridescence. “You get these colours, that are primarily the colours of the rainbow,” he says. His beautiful photographs present such intense vibrancy that they might cross for a portray.


The Swiss photographer is as fixated with shade as he’s obsessive about unconventional supplies. After seeing psychedelic-wanting bismuth crystals in 2014, he ordered 200 kilos of the stuff. It sat within the basement of his Zurich studio for years alongside different random supplies earlier than he found out simply what to do with it.

Bismuth is silvery-white component not fairly as dense as lead, and its numerous compounds are utilized in cosmetics, pigments, and the occasional pharmaceutical. Oefner began experimenting with the stuff in October. He melted a piece of it on a scorching plate and watched the liquid oxidize because it cooled, making a putting spectrum of shade. He scraped off a layer and noticed the colours modified. He did that time and again, photographing the bismuth because it reworked, lighting it with a flash from the aspect. Oenfer made 2,000 photographs in two weeks.

The ultimate collection options seven pictures, every blurring the road with images and portray. The random combine of colours and textures are fascinating. Ofener likens the tactic to summary expressionist summary painters like Jackson Pollock, who would dribble and splatter paint on his canvas. “It’s pushing the restrict till you lastly discover one thing that’s new and intriguing,” he says. Not too dangerous for a hunk of metallic.

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