Black Hole: A Series of Colorful Photos

paint flying all over the place

Being a huge fan of splash photography and flying liquid, this set of images by Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner is right up my alley. He refers to himself as a “curious investigator”, a title I’m sure a lot of us can relate to. His recent project entitled Black Hole is a stunning assortment of colors and movement springing from a “black hole.”

Oefner covered a metallic rod in acrylic paint. The source of the motion stems from an electric drill, which the rod is attached to. Once the drill is turned on, the paint is photographed as it moves away from the rod, creating these beautiful arrangements of color.

The motion of the paint happens in a blink of an eye, the images you see are taken only millisecond after the drill was turned on. To capture the moment, where the paint forms that distinctive shape, I connected a sensor to the drill, which sends an impulse to the flashes. These specialized units are capable of creating flashes as short as a 1/40000 of a second, freezing the motion of the paint.

paint flying from a metal rod

blue yellow and purple paint being flung

blue purple and pink paint being flung

See how Oefner did it in this brief demonstration video:

setup of black hole

behind the scenes of black hole

Oefner’s past work also had to do with paint. In Millefiori, he mixed ferrofluid with water color and put it into a magnetic field. These tiny shapes are just as big as your thumbnail, but they hold an insane amount of detail.

Ferrofluid is a magnetic solution with a viscosity similar to motor oil. When put under a magnetic field, the iron particles in the solution start to rearrange, forming the black channels and separating the water colors from the ferrofluid. The result are these peculiar looking structures.

On, you can find out more about the project

Ferrofluid and water color mixture

Ferrofluid mixed with water colors

In Dancing Colors, he photographed color pigments bouncing on a speaker.

To capture the very moment, in which the pigments are lifted into the air, a microphone was attached to the flash system. Like this everytime the micro picks up a sound, it triggers the flashes.

For more information about the project, please visit the story on

paint bouncing on speaker
daning paint on speaker

Patricia Ramos

Patricia Ramos

I am a freelance photographer who is no stranger to smudged lenses, long hours in front of the computer, heavy camera bags (and the back aches that ensued) and missing lens caps. If you know what I'm talking about, you probably have as much love and passion for photography as I do.