Transparently good pictures: Artist uses X-rays to get inside his subjects
- Hugh Turvey, artist-in-residence at the British Institute of Radiology, created images by varying strength of beams
- He says the pictures, on display this month in London, ‘reveal a deeper understanding of things’
- Animals, plants, machines, technology and the human body feature in the catalogue of intricate pictures
PUBLISHED: 20:14 GMT, 13 February 2014 | UPDATED: 20:19 GMT, 13 February 2014
The best art has always been treasured for its ability to take a subject and show you what’s really inside.
And by that measure, it will be hard to criticise this collection of ‘Xograms’ by British artist Hugh Turvey.
The images, taken by bombarding everyday objects with X-rays of varying strength, show the inner workings of a fascinating array of objects, from a simple piece of clothing, through modern machines to the staggering complexity of the human body.
Mr Turvey, the artist-in-residence at the British Institute of Radiology, said: ‘X-ray photography reveals a deeper understanding of things.
‘It reveals so much more than what is visible to the naked eye. This concept of revealing truth is one of the simplest structures in storytelling.’
His latest exhibition, X-Pose: Material and Surface, runs from February 12 to February 23 at the Oxo Tower in London.
Behind the magic: Hugh Turvey’s collection includes this play on a classic magician’s trick, which shows a rabbit clearly nestled inside a top hat
Complexity: Sticking more closely to the usual use of x-rays, the second image, on display in London, shows a human taking a drink of water
Mechanical marvel: The inner workings of this motorbike are exposed by Mr Turvey’s barrage of x-rays
Dressed to impress: A foot supported by a stiletto heel is another one of the images on display at the Oxo Tower, on the banks of the Thames
A buoyant picture: This photograph shows the delicate bone structure of a fish as it swims through its bowl
Everyday miracle: Mr Turvey’s belief that X-rays ‘reveal a deeper understanding’ is certainly true when applied to the iPhone, the processor, camera and battery of which can be seen here
Valentine’s special: The intricate structure of this rose is revealed by a flurry of X-rays. Mr Turvey varies the strength of the beams to display different levels of detail
Man’s best friend: Viewers can take a very close look at this dog, which, judging from its protective cone, is recovering from a medical procedure
Structure: The vessels inside these fern leaves which transport food and water are exposed, revealing the elaborate structure
Looking sharp: The stitching and fastenings of this jacket can be seen clearly in the photograph. Mt Ruvey said people who work with X-rays are often driven to explore the workings of everyday objects
Ungilded lily: This delicate flower looks even more fragile when the tiny structures which form its petals are exposed
No chickening out: The precise bone and muscle structure of this diving bird bird, suspended in a picture frame, is now plain to see
Luggage: The holiday items in this suitcase can be seen a different intensities depending on how deep inside the case they are stowed
Close-up: This extremely-zoomed in photographer of the stamens which form the central part of a flower could be mistaken for a group of mushrooms
Life-saver: The inner workings of these pieces of medical equipment are laid bare by X-rays, which are themselves mainly used for medical scans