X-Rays as Art?

Instead of using a camera, Nick Veasey uses X-ray machines to make his photographs. He has x-rayed tons of objects in his cement black box in his studio, but his project, Man and Machine, might be one of his biggest undertakings.

The images in Man and Machine show people interacting with large scale objects. The x-ray shows all of the inner workings of both the people and the objects and their connection to each other. Veasey can't x-ray actual humans for these images because of the radiation, so he uses skeletons in their place. X-raying large scenes like these require hundreds of x-rays that are joined together on the computer by Veasey's image specialists. The plane image consists of over 1,000 x-rays.

Veasey chose x-ray as a medium because of its honesty. He likes the accuracy that comes with an x-ray, discovering beauty and intrigue with every object. "It has a fascination for me unequalled by anything else." [Veasey had a formative career in design but once he stared using x-rays, he only wished he had discovered the process earlier in life.]

To see more of Nick Veasey's work, check out his website. He is currently exhibiting his work in Moscow and is planning a show in New York City.



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