Wednesday, 19 September 2012

I'm sure these images by Fabian Oefner have done the rounds on the internet already, but they're so beautiful I just couldn't help but post them despite finding them a fair while ago on New Scientist. It's amazing how beautiful scientific images often are; for example, I absolutely love microscopic images of cells. After studying science for years (and nearly ending up at university to study it) I appreciate the dual quality of something that's aesthetically beautiful as well as intellectually stimulating! Oefner often uses scientific techniques or ideas in order to capture his images, such as his 'Nebulae' series (created with a fibre-optic lamp and Photoshop) or 'Dancing Colours', pigment made to 'dance' by a speaker playing loud music. However my favourite concept is the idea behind these images: ferrofluid. Ferrofluids are magnetic solutions that change when placed under a magnetic field, which rearranges their iron particles, forming the black channels which separate the watercolours from each other, creating these beautiful images (each represents about a thumbnail sized space!).

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