Naked is often described as being without clothing or covering; nude. I would like it to take it one step further. By highlighting British photographer Nick Veasey. For 17 years Nick Veasey has gotten under a lot of people’s skin. Nick isn’t your average photographer. Instead of tweaking f-stops and light boxes, he fine-tunes the speed and frequency of energy pulses emitted by a Russian-made tabletop particle turbocharger. That’s because Veasey doesn’t work with traditional cameras and film — he works with X-rays.
Working with high doses of radiation isn’t always easy. To minimize a patient’s radiation exposure, medical X-ray techs grab their blurry stills in a fraction of a second; Veasey needs to bombard his subjects with ionizing radiation for as long as 12 minutes to get crisp shots. So to capture human forms, Veasey works with either skeletons in rubber suits (normally used to train radiologists) or cadavers that have been donated to science.
Veasey’s images have brought him fine-art commissions, big-name commercial clients, and a long list of professional honors. Veasey says he’s just getting started.
“We live in a world obsessed with image. What we look like, what our clothes look like, houses, cars…I like to counter this obsession with superficial appearance by using X-rays to strip back the layers and show what it is like under the surface. 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.”
It’s what’s on the inside that counts
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