Illusion of exploding sports cars by Fabian Oefner

Fabian Oefner, a Swiss photographer, has revealed his latest work of art, ‘Disintegration’. Featuring three illusions/images of exploding sports cars, the art is now on exhibit at Mechanical Art Devices Gallery in Geneva. These three photographs appear to have been captured in a fraction of a second but in reality has taken Oefner close to two months to get a perfect picture.

These images of an exploding sports car are probably the slowest high speed images ever photographed. Oefner de-constructed scale models of sports cars of the 1950s and 60s, photographed each of these parts individually and arranged these digitally so as to create an effect of a true to life blast off of full-scale cars. The finished product looks like the entire car falling to pieces which in reality is just artificially created by bringing individual images together.

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Aptly titled ‘Disintegration’ the work includes a 1954 Mercedes-Benz 300 SLR Uhlenhaut Coupé, a 1961 Jaguar E-Type and a 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Oefner arranged each of these pieces with fine needles and string, set them in the right angle. He then photographed each of these components individually and brought them together in a single frame using Adobe Photoshop.

Speaking to Business Insider, Oefner says, “My idea for this series was to invent time. In all the other series that I did so far, I was focusing on capturing time, holding on to moments which pass us by in the blink of an eye. With this series, I wanted to invent such a moment from scratch by creating an illusion of an exploding car, thus inventing, in fact, a moment in time.”

Besides ‘Disintegration’, another work of Oefner titled ‘Hatch’ is also on display. This features images of a 1967 Ferrari 330 P4 which seems to have just broken out of its shell to resemble an egg hatching. You can also watch the video showing how Oefner managed to create these three images, below (the video has no sound).

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