Hefner's latest series “Photographic Paintings” was an outgrowth of observing the oxidation of bismuth that he had melted on a hotplate. The cooled compound created amazing iridescent spectrum of color. Oefner quickly realized that a scraped off layer with a spatula would change the colors and that they would on be present for a brief tine. "You get those colors, which are essentially the colors of the rainbow,” he says.
The photographs have a minimal amount of digital editing done to them. Hefner's work suspends your fools us by taken advantage of the interplay of possible—is it a painting or a photo?