Art & Design

Written by Mies van den Biggelaar

Nick Veasey
Image by: Nick Veasey

X-ray art

UK based photographer Nick Veasey takes us into the complex world hidden beneath the surface of everyday objects. We mainly know X-rays for their primary use for diagnostic radiography and crystallography. But Nick Veasey creates art with X-rays to expose what is hidden inside of clothing, computers, jet airliners, leaves, and lots of other things. His X-rays show us unexpected details and even prove that some items are prettier from the inside than from the outside. 

Nick Veasey works in a special studio: during the exposure of the images he works outside of the studio, to decrease personal exposure to the radiation. When the X-rays are on film, it’s scanned at ultra high resolution with tailor made equipment. The digital images together, up to 500 for a Boeing 777, are a painstaking patchwork and are finally composed into one. This entire process can take weeks up to months. To get to this end result, Nick Veasey uses industrial X-ray machines, used in art restoration, the military and electronics manufacturing.

Nick says about this X-rays:“When working with the everyday stuff that surrounds us my basic thought is to try to make us think of all that goes into a subject’s design. Why does it have that form? How does it work? What is it made of? Everything is designed, either by man or by nature. I like to reveal that design, make us appreciate or wonder at what goes on inside.

My main motivation in using the human figure in X-ray is to challenge society’s obsession with the image. Why is it so important to look a certain way? Inside we all function the same way and I think it is not a person’s face or ‘look’ that makes them what they are.

Want to see more of Nick Veasey’s work? Visit his website or read his book X-Ray: See Through the World Around You

Nick Veasey
Image by: Nick Veasey

Tags: Photography, Radiography, X-Ray, Anatomy & Art, Human body, Nick Veasey

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