I travel beyond the surface and show something for what it's worth, what it's really made of, how it really works; but also I find that I've got the benefit of taking away the surface. . . the things that people are used to seeing.
~ Nick Veasey
Nick Veasey uses x-rays in his work. Outsize x-rays that he keeps behind a heavy closed door. He jokes that opening and closing the door to his x-ray room is the only exercise he gets every day.
In fact, when Nick Veasey goes behind that enormous door to work, he gets a lot more than you might think (including, on at least two occasions, significant exposures to radiation). A lot that we usually never see, could not see but for Nick Veasey's work: what's deep inside, what's beautiful in the most mundane and familiar of things, what leaves us wondering at the hidden structures of nature. . . or a Boeing 747.
Take a few minutes and see for yourself:
This man who says he dreams in x-rays, can see in his dreams what his x-raying will bring forth, recently was honored by London's Victoria and Albert Museum, which asked him for two images for its British Collection of Photography. For one, Veasey is taking apart an entire Mini and x-raying every one of its component parts; then, from these efforts, which he estimates will take three months, he plans to create an interactive lightbox that shows how the car works. I probably won't get to London to see this but I already can see something of what's forthcoming, on Veasey's site. Go here and then click on News to see one of the finished pieces. The Gallery on Veasey's site also is worth a look-see.