British photographer Nick Veasey uses X-rays to reveal the inner workings and structure of objects. He takes his X-ray photographs in a shed with a door of lead and steel, and thick concrete walls. While most people use high-powered X-ray machines to look for disease, Veasey uses them to look for beauty.
As radiation is highly dangerous, Veasey X-rays cadavers to produce the human elements of his photographs. Veasey himself has already been exposed to a dangerous amount of radiation and wears a device that measures the amount of radiation he’s been exposed to.
“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 stripping back the layers and showing 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.” -Nick Veasey