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X-RAY: See Through the World Around You
Bibliophile price: £2.50
Nick Veasey creates works of art by the simple means of using images from X-rays and security scanners, working in a lead-lined room and varying the exposure to reveal the hidden structures below the surface of the world around us. This collection of his work includes subjects from the body, nature, fashion and everyday objects. A study of the face of a woman manages to retain the warmth of the eyes and smile while revealing bone detail, while X-rays of plants and flowers expose the intricate fibrous structures of leaves and petals. The human skeleton is seen in a motion sequence and also wearing clothes that reveal the contents of pockets and metalwork, and a particularly striking study is of passengers on a bus, for which the artist had to be interviewed by U.S. customs to make sure he was not trying to access illegal information. The author comments, "It's the little details like the bags and hats that make this picture work for me". An X-ray of hands typing on a computer screen is a fascinating mix of human bones and intricate electronic wiring and hardware. Some of the most beautiful images are X-rays of clothes, in which the thread and weave of the fabric combines with the clear and elegant outline of metal findings such as zips and buttons. 224pp, softback, over 200 colour studies.

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