X-rays (wiki) are primarily used for diagnostic radiography and crystallography. As a result, the term “X-ray” is metonymically used to refer to a radiographic image produced using this method, in addition to the method itself.

Today, I am to present you 12 photos taken by Nick Veasey who uses sophisticated X-ray cameras to reveal the inner workings of his subjects. From him, “I like to challenge the automatic way in which we react to external physical appearance by highlighting the often surprising inner beauty of things,”

Life under X-Ray Photography
tarantula (gramastola rosea)

Life under X-Ray Photography
Bat
Life under X-Ray Photography
sunny’s fish
Life under X-Ray Photography
pig
Life under X-Ray Photography
macrodontus cervicornis
Life under X-Ray Photography
skull and crossbones
Life under X-Ray Photography
fornasinius russus
Life under X-Ray Photography
bus

Larger compositions require industrial X-ray machines. This image of a bus was taken using a device normally employed by American border police to scan vehicles. But the passenger images are, in fact, of only one man’s body. He X-rayed a single corpse – lent by an undertaker – before scanning the image into his computer and creating multiple images in a variety of poses. He then positioned these inside the image of the bus.

Life under X-Ray Photography
spined shell
Life under X-Ray Photography
running skeltons
Life under X-Ray Photography
phalenopsis
Life under X-Ray Photography
amaryllis
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