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Popped Paint-Covered Balloons Reveal Intense Swirls Of Color [Pics]

Sound, magnetism, and air pressure are used to create these stunning images.

Ross Brooks
Ross Brooks on August 22, 2013. @greenidealism

Fabian Oefner is a Swiss photographer who explores the different methods of manipulating paint with natural forces – so far he has used soundcentrifugal force, and even magnetism.

His latest project is called Liquid Jewel and makes use of the air pressure generated when a balloon is popped.

To capture these stunning images, Oefner covers modeling balloons in thick layers of acrylic paint and photographs each one milliseconds after popping it with a needle. The resulting effect captures the paint as its driven simultaneously inward and outward.

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One particular feature to watch out for is how individual shades start to mix with each other, blue and magenta becomes violet, red and yellow becomes orange, all within a few microseconds. This effect is fleeting, only able to be seen when frozen in time within a photograph.

See some of the color combinations for yourself:

Fabian Oefner

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Ross is a freelance writer who specializes in topics about the environment, architecture, art, design and creative tech. He is passionate about making a difference with his writing, whether that’s to encourage social change, promote a great idea, or just share a little bit of beauty with the world. You can also find his work on Inhabitat and Techly.com.au.

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