Ford GT40

Swiss photographer Fabian Oefner is back with a second part to his “Disintegrating” series featuring classic model supercars “exploded” to dramatically reveal all the tiny, beautiful parts of the car. The photos are what I imagine engineers daydream about, and I can’t stop staring at them.

The first part of Oefner’s “Disintegrating” saw a Ferrari 330 P4, Jaguar E-Type, and a Mercedes SL disassembled, as well as a series of photos featuring a Ferrari 250 GTO “hatching.”

In “Disintegrating II,” which Oefner developed for the MB&F M.A.D.Gallery Dubai, we get to see all the tiny pieces that go into a model Bugatti 57 SC, Ford GT40, Porsche 956 and more.

Bugatti 57 SC

From the gallery website:

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“What you see in these images, is a moment that never existed in real life,” says Oefner. “What looks like a car falling apart is in fact a moment in time that has been created artificially by blending over 2000 individual images together. There is a unique pleasure about artificially building a moment... Freezing a moment in time is stupefying.”

Check out the making of video:

Fabian sketches out the location of each piece before taking the model cars apart and photographing each piece individually. He then lays out each individual piece according to his sketch, hanging from wires to create the exploded effect. He then composites all of the individual photos of each piece into the final image, creating an amazing and dramatic look at some of the best looking classic cars like you’ve never seen them.

Porsche 956

You can check out the rest of the images at the gallery website. And yes, before you ask, prints for each of the five images in the “Disintegrating II” series are available on M.A.D.Gallery’s website in two different sizes.

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It’d also be totally cool if Fabian wanted to come paint a mural of, I don’t know, an Aston Martin DB5 in my apartment. In the meantime, I can’t wait to see what he does next, having a history of exploding, hatching, and painting cars all in the name of art.