The man who views the world in X-ray vision

Using a cutting edge fusion of art and science, Nick Veasey transcends the means of photography by stripping away the layers of everyday life and letting us view its undiscovered beauty.

 

From the fashion pieces of Alexander McQueen to sports cars and buses full of passengers, Veasey has x-rayed everything; even a life-sized rendition of a Boeing 777 jet airliner.

 

These ethereal and intriguing works have graced galleries across the world, winning several photographic and design awards along the way. 

Of his work, Veasey says:

 

"X-ray is a very honest process; it shows things for what they are. In this superficial world, that's quite refreshing. It shows a product or an organic thing for how it is made – the design, the ingenuity that goes into them, warts and all.

Often the integral beauty adds intrigue to the familiar. We all make assumptions based on the external visual aspects of what surrounds us, and we are attracted to people and forms that are aesthetically pleasing. I like to challenge this automatic way that we react to just physical appearance by highlighting the, often surprising, inner beauty."

 

Veasey truly has created a journey into a world that is otherwise concealed and unseen, transforming the banal into the beguiling. 

 

The Process

Working out of a converted Cold War spying station in the middle of the Kent countryside, Veasey has constructed a studio suitable for emitting potentially lethal radiation; thankfully, with no neighbours nearby!

The levels of radiation also mean that when capturing human or animal forms, Veasey must use either skeletons or recently deceased corpses that have been donated.

 

To give you an idea of the intricacies involved, the subject of every piece is x-rayed to scale and captured on 35cm by 43cm sections. 

While this is enough room for a lightbulb:

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when x-raying a vehicle, for example, Veasey's process involves carefully dismantling every single component and taking individual x-rays.

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Once all of the x-rays have been taken, they are converted into digital files, creating incredibly high-resolution images. These are then patiently stitched together digitally with any visible overlap of the x-rayed sections removed - allowing us to experience a perspective of reality, like never before.

Interested in finding out more about Nick Veasey's process?

Check out the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NkEE37oLeQ&feature=youtu.be  

 

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