Swiss artist Fabian Oefner has carved out his reputation by fusing the fields of art and science, creating images appealing to heart and mind. He first intended to become a car designer, but in the end, photography made a bigger impression on him.
In 2008, at 24 years-old, he got a degree in product design at FHNW in Switzerland before becoming a product photographer at Leica Geosystems.
Since 2012, Oefner runs his own photo studio in Aarau (40 minutes away from Zurich) where he undertakes projects from around the world. He is constantly on the lookout for capturing life moments that are invisible to the human eye: phenomena like sound waves, centripetal forces, iridescence, fire and even magnetic ferrofluids, among others.
When did it all start? What was the trigger for your success?
When I was 14, I saw the image of Harold Edgerton with the bullet piercing an apple that fascinated me. It was taken with a camera equipment worth half a million dollars! (Edgerton invented the high speed flash at M.I.T.) Then I got my first camera, I was 15, and started investigating on how could I get such an impactful and visual effect on a low, barely existing budge
What is your motivation in doing what you do?
Finding out about what surrounds us and raise people’s curiosity
You are often called or compared to a scientist / an artist: which one do you prefer the most?
An artist! Scientists interpret phenomenon rationally whereas artists interpret them with emotions. I feel much more connected to art than science.
What is the satisfaction you get at the completion of an image?
The best thing I could hear is: “Your images inspire me in looking at things with a different eye.”