In the blink of an eye, the classic Mercedes stopped in front of you perfectly explodes into a million pieces, spraying mufflers, brake calipers and intake manifolds high into the air. At least that’s what it looks like is happening in Fabian Oefner’s surprising new series. We’re fond to Oefner’s visually stunning work, but usually it involves slinging paint around his immaculately clean studio, or at least playing with ferrofluid, magnets and water colors – this series is something completely new. And don’t worry, no classic cars were harmed in the making of these images – despite how real they look, these are actually tiny models.
The series is called Disintegrating, and each image is a composition of individual images taken over the space of weeks. For Oefner the series is about inventing time. While it may appear to be a car exploding in an instant, it is in fact an invention, a moment that never existed in real life.
“The images could be called the slowest high speed images ever captured. It took almost three weeks to create an image, that looks as if it was captured in a fraction of a second.”
To make each image, Oefner carefully disassembles his car models, examines each part and sketches the final composition to determine where the parts will go. He then photographs each part in approximately the correct position, hanging them with string or suspending them with needles against a white background. The final step is creating a single image by blending the individual photographs together. To see this impressive process check out the “making of” video below. Then be sure to check out his co-series, Hatch, featuring the unusual birth of a car.