Like Superman’s Vision, But With More Beauty and Elegance

Before we tell you about the life threatening danger this man is in for his art, we’ll take a look at the art itself.
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Nick Veasey doesn’t use a Nikon. Or a Canon. Or Hasselblad. Not even a view camera.

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Detail of a full shot of a bus

He creates using X-Ray machines. By using these specific cameras ordinarily used for everything from chest x-rays to checking cargo containers for contraband, Nick has been photographing objects and scenes for the past 15 years, showing the viewing a deeper view. All the way to the bone.
You’ve seen his work before no doubt.
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The Adobe Photoshop CS2 box displays some of his work with flowers.
Pretty cool, right?

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In his current exhibit at the David Gallery in Culver City , California you can see a broad range of his subjects ranging from teddy bears, to football players, to his magnum opus – a Boeing 747 complete with personnel and hangar.

This video, although in German, will give you all a visual explanation, of the process.

Ok, on to the danger part.
We’re taking X-Rays. Radiation. Too much exposure will kill you.
And he’s been doing this for 15 years.
He wears a special lightweight aluminum suit. He doesn’t use assistants. Too much liability and possible danger. He gets checked out regularly and has never exceeded the safe level of exposure.

But think about this for a second: what about all of those skeletal revelations in his work? Are those people in continual danger?
Nope. They are all real skeletons posed and photographed. No live humans are used in those images.
Too much pulling the curtain back to reveal the truth?
Not really.
You should take a closer look at these photographs, especially the larger units and be amazed at the amount of time, consideration and artistry involved.
Once the shot is set, he leaves the room or environment, takes a shot and then tales about 10 minutes to process the image to see what he’s got.
Most images are series of 11×14 sheets of film. Shots are overlapped and comped together to create the final image.

This is a truly unique vision.
His book is called, well, “X-Ray: See Through the World Around You” and will be released in Oct.
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and the exhibit runs Sept. 6-Oct.18, 2008
David Gallery
5797 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA.
90232
Tel: 310.939.9069

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