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Brief Published: 8 Oct 2012

Fabian Oefner: Millefiori


Switzerland-based photographer Fabian Oefner combines magnetic fluids and watercolour paints in his Millefiori macro photography series.

The images show a ferrofluid – a magnetic solution with a viscosity similar to motor oil – mixed with watercolour paints. Under a magnetic field, the iron particles in the ferrofluid rearrange to form black, cell-like structures around the different tones of watercolour paints, which are injected using a syringe. The project is named after the Italian glasswork technique famous for its decorative patterns.

Oefner’s previous photographic experiments capture split-second reactions – such as a bursting soap bubble – in dramatic and colourful ways.

Fabian Oefner

Art & Design