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Profolio: Nick Veasey’s X-Ray Photography


Photo: Nick Veasey

Nick Veasey’s x-ray photography is deeply fascinating. His work empowers viewers to see familiar everyday objects with fresh eyes, and to appreciate the complexities of substance. 

“By revealing the inside, the quintessential element of my art speculates upon what the manufactured and natural world really consists of,” says Veasey. In this COOPH Profolio, we asked Nick to talk us through some of his favorite images…

First X-ray trainers

COOPH Nick Veasey First X-ray trainers

I will always love the crusty nature of this first ever image, this is what kickstarted the fascination with X-ray.  After taking the shot of my trainers I realised the possibilities, still to this day I'm excited by what the eye can't see and the never ending products that I just want to expose.  This was the beginning of my journey wearing lead underpants and playing with my magical x-ray machine.

Boxer Shorts

COOPH Nick Veasey Boxer Shorts

This image to me is one of the best with regards to fabric detail, and the work with the colouring adds and emphasises this detail.  Something so mundane can be seen in a completely different way.

Kylie's Knickers

COOPH Nick Veasey Kylie s Knickers

Because every man can wish!  It's the epitome of the 'X-ray factor'… The classic comic book feature - we all would love to have those X-ray specs just for a day. 

Frog Crab

COOPH Nick Veasey Frog Crab

I exhibit this piece on a large scale 1.5m Square and at this size the impact is phenomenal.  I'm particularly enthused by nature and it's internal beauty, there are so many amazing creatures, each time I'm amazed by the sheer genius of nature.  If I can help reveal this to a wider audience then this is even more of an achievement for me.

Mini Drive

COOPH Nick Veasey Mini Driver

The Mini was an intense labour of love.  We took the car to pieces, I X-rayed each bit and we pieced it back together in post production.  We spent months working on this but I think it was absolutely worth it.  I'm always on the look out for the next car to dismantle, people don't seem too keen to hand over the keys to their Lamborghini.  


COOPH Nick Veasey On your marks 1500x841



COOPH Nick Veasey Robothespian complete finger

Technology is incredible, the designs of robots to become more and more human like can be unnerving.  I love the mechanics that are shown in robotic X-rays especially in comparison the the human skeleton.  I wanted the Robots that I X-rayed to take on a human action 'racing' isn't considered a normal protocol set for robots or to have likewise with the emotion of 'flipping the bird', it's not going to be too long before we start seeing more emotive robots. 

Like what you see? Check out Nick Veasey's site & be sure to follow him around on Twitter. Stuart O'Neill is the photoshop superman who deals with Veasey's X-rays, and you can check him out here

Written by Matthew Rycroft

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