Nick Veasey

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Eu gosto de pensar na Fotografia como um gigantesco Universo astral, onde cabem as mais as diversas constelações de estrelas, sistemas planetários e, de vez em quando, um cometa errante.

Contem, portanteo, as mais diversas abordagens e os mais variados estilos e conceitos. Duns gosto, doutros não, mas não é isso que aqui vem ao caso.

Uma “supernova” desse Universo é certamente Nick Veasey.

O inglês desenvolveu a técnica da fotografia com Raio X (e alguma pós-produção em Photoshop) levando-a a níveis nunca vistos, com resultados surpreendentes.

“We live in a world obsessed with image. 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. 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.

This society of ours, consumed as it is by image, is also becoming increasingly controlled by security and surveillance. Take a flight, or go into a high profile courtroom and your belongings will be x-rayed. The post arriving in corporations and government departments has often been x-rayed. Security cameras track our every move. Mobile phone receptions place us at any given time. Information is key to the fight against whatever we are meant to be fighting against. To create art with equipment and technology designed to help big brother delve deeper, to use some of that fancy complicated gadgetry that helps remove the freedom and individuality in our lives, to use that apparatus to create beauty brings a smile to my face.

To mix my metaphors, we all know we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, that beauty is more than skin deep. By revealing the inside, the quintessential element of my art speculates upon what the manufactured and natural world really consists of.”

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O método é único e altamente especializazo. Aliás, vejam a TED Conference do próprio fotógrafo e despertem para um novo mundo da fotografia.

“Creating beautiful pieces of art comes with a risk – working with x-rays is dangerous. Safety is paramount, so all the radiation is contained in a bespoke concrete structure – “The Black Box”. This is where the vast majority of the x-ray work is created.

Inside The Black Box are several different x-ray machines and a film processor. An x-ray machine consists of a head unit that emits x-rays and an electronic control that drives the head unit. The head unit is inside the area built to contain radiation, the controls are on the outside.

Items to be x-rayed are placed on a lead floor or wall. Film is placed under or behind the subject. The x-rays that emanate from the head units pass through the item and make an image on the film. That image is exactly the same size as the objects. If an object is too large to fit on one film, several are used.

Once the set-up is complete, the heavy lead lined door is pulled shut to contain the radiation. An appropriate exposure time for the item is then input into the control panel (more x-rays are needed to image a heavy object made of steel than a light object made of plastic).

Now the x-ray exposure is complete, the film is collected from the x-ray room. This film is processed and then scanned on a high-resolution scanner to obtain optimum detail and sharpness. The digital file created by the scanner is then carefully cleaned and retouched. Sometimes colour is added, sometimes not. The result is an x-ray of unparalleled detail and beauty.”

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