These tiny little circles are colorful fluid mosaics created by photographer Fabian Oefner. The Swiss photographer likes to experiment with scientific phenomena to create his images. In this project, Millefiori, Oefner starts with a base of ferrofluid, which is a magnetic solution similar to motor oil. Under a magnetic field, the liquid stands on edge and rearranges itself into black canals and channels.
Oefner initiates the formation of interconnected, saturated pathways by injecting different watercolors into the ferrofluid, and the final results are the mixtures we see here. The tiny circles are only about the size of a thumbnail. Oefner then photographs them up close so the magnificent details feel almost lifelike.
The artist describes photography as an analytic tool to document many of his very short lived projects. He says, “With photography it is possible to magnify such tiny structures or to freeze a moment lasting only in the blink of an eye.” The labyrinth of colors and patterns is so wonderfully unique, each one is impossible to reproduce.