X-Ray Images Capture the Inner Intricacies of Flowers

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Using x-rays for artistic purposes can reveal the hidden structures found inside everyday objects and within nature. Photographer Nick Veasey has produced a beautiful series of x-ray images of flowers, showing us the skeletons of these delicate blooms – all that is unseen by our eyes when we look at them.

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“We live in a world obsessed with image,” says Veasey. “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.”

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“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.”

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Veasey’s other x-ray work includes telephones, motorcycles, musical instruments and many other objects. He created a structure he calls “The Black Box” filled with several different x-ray machines and a film processor, with a heavy lead-lined door that seals in the radiation. Check out the process at his website.