Zurich, Switzerland-based photographer Fabian Oefner released a photography series called Dancing Colors: making sound waves visible in January 2012. What is displayed here as an explosion and symbiotic movement between colors is a big project capturing the beauty in small things. Oefner used color pigments on top of a speaker for his sound wave photography project. That, combined with sound-sensitive flashes, he was able to capture amazing pieces.
More from Oefner on the making of “Dancing Colors”
In order to capture the specific moment, where the pigments are lifted into the air, i attached a microphone to the speaker, which is again connected to the flash system. as soon as the speaker emits a sound, the microphone picks it up and sends a signal to the flashes to trigger them. since i took the images in a completely darkened room, i can just leave the shutter open for a few seconds, only the event illuminated by the triggered flashes is captured.
The shooting itself is a time consuming project. Other photographers who have worked with color pigments before would know. In between every shot, one would have to clean up the entire set in order to get another clean shot. I commend Oefner’s dedication!