Photographer captures ‘exploding, hatching’ cars
A Swiss photographer renowned for combining art and science has created a series of images capturing cars seemingly exploding and hatching.
On display at the MB&F MAD (Mechanical Art Devices) Gallery in Geneva, Fabien Oefner’s ‘Disintegrating’ and ‘Hatch’ series of images includes classic cars such as the 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupe, 1961 Jaguar E-Type, 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 and 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO.
Intended to look as if a specific moment in time has been captured on film, for the ‘Disintegrating’ series, Oefner blended hundreds of real photographs of a completely dismantled scale model car positioned piece by piece with fine needles and string to give the impression of it exploding.
An interpretation of a car’s birth, the ‘Hatch’ series was created by making a gypsum shell around a miniature car, then smashing it to create the illusion of the vehicle breaking out of its ‘egg’.
Oefner said it took almost two months to create each image, despite it appearing as if it was captured in a fraction of a second.
“The whole disassembly in itself took more than a day for each car due to the complexity of the models,” Oefner said.
“But that’s a bit of a boy thing. There’s an enjoyment in the analysis, discovering something by taking it apart, like peeling an onion.”
Fabian Oefner’s classic car images will be on display at the MAD Gallery until May 2014.
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With the aid of fine needles and pieces of string, the ‘disintegrating’ series comes to life through thousands of individual photographs. the intricate scale models of a Mercedes-Benz 300 slr uhlenhaut coupé with gullwing doors, a sleek, black Jaguar e-type, and a sensual Ferrari 330 p4 that Oefner creates, replicates every inner detail hidden within the hood. Carefully strung and placed floating in space, singular photos are taken of each part, then blended together in post-production to create one unified image.
‘What looks like a car falling apart is in fact a moment in time that has been created artificially by blending hundreds of individual images together. there is a unique pleasure about artificially building a moment…freezing a moment in time is stupefying´,Oefner explains.