Artist Fabian Oefner has been working on his incredible Disintegrating series since 2012. He began using small scale models in his studio, which allowed him to have a peaceful release in which to create his work. But when the opportunity arose for him to create an image for his series using a real Lamborghini Miura, he accepted the challenge, and the result is just incredible.
Disintegrating is a series of images of high-performance cars that appear to have blown apart. Each final piece is created from hundreds or even thousands of photographs composited together. Each vehicle has been dismantled completely, right down to the smallest screws and placed in a specific position to obtain that realistic illusion.
What you have with the scale models is you are in your studio, it’s a very quiiet place, you can just do your thing, and it’s very sort of a soothing process, whereas with the real car, you have the constant noise. Beside you, you have people working, it’s also… Keep in mind that I did this in July so it was 44°F in the workshop. I was sweating, and it smelled of petrol in the air and it’s like it’s just it’s way more tangible when you do it with the real thing.
The opportunity to photograph the iconic 1972 Lamborghini Miura SV came when a friend and collector contacted Oefner. He said that he’d acquired a Miura and was having it restored. As it was being completely dismantled for the restoration, he suggested that Oefner should photograph it. And photograph it he did.
The final image took two years to make and is comprised of over 1500 individual images shot in workshops surrounding the Lamborghini factory in Italy as each piece was being restored to its original glowy. The final huge print measures an insane 4.2 metres long and 2.1 metres tall. Which is basically life-size.
Man, I’d love to see the giant print of this in person.