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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

X is for X-RAY PHOTOGRAPHY

I bet you've all been wondering if I'll pass on the X is for something related to photography!  Hah!  Fooled you all...this is something I've never done before and probably never will do.  But there actually is such a thing as x-ray photography.  You've always thought of it as a simple X-ray - of your lungs, your bones, your stomache, your teeth...Well, yes that's exactly what it is.

"While our society is taught to concern itself with the alluring surface of things, Nick Veasey uses industrial x-ray machines to peel back those upper layers, often revealing a far more beautiful, and complex, underside. Having produced the largest x-ray photograph ever – a Boeing 777 that required over 500 separate x-rays of individual elements."  Nick's career began like this:
“My girlfriend’s father used to be a lorry driver,” explains Nick with a mischievous smile. “At one time he drove a lorry for a couple of days which contained thousands of cans of Pepsi, one of which had a ring-pull prize worth £100,000.
“I thought I’d try a scam. I decided to hire an x-ray machine from a local hospital to find the winning can. I never did find it, but it sparked off the ideas for the career I have today.”

There is no way I'd ever do this type of photography, but it is fascinating!  For more information from someone else who does this type of photography (Jim Zuckerman who has appeared in Outdoor Photographer, publications of the National Geographic Society, Omni Magazine, Conde Nast Traveler, Shutterbug, Petersen's Photographic Magazine, and scores of other magazines), click here.  You will find his photos absolutely incredible.  Here's a tiny taste.  And for more photos of Nick Veasey's work, you just have to go HERE!  There are some amazing photos on this site!
Exuberant thanks to Denise Nesbitt, the creater of this excellent ABC Wednesday meme.  This is exactly the type of writing I enjoy as it challenges me each week to come up with something extraordinarily creative. It does not exhaust me; it exhorts me to succeed; it excites me into explosions of ideas!  We on the team extend an invitation to all who have an interest in anything creative to expound and expose (no nudity, though - *wink*) your ideas, photographs, drawings, or writing.  We will examine your contribution and expand on your posts by executing our best comments. To check out ABC Wednesday, simply click here.

26 comments:

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Goodness, I'd never heard of this type of photography before - werll, not as an art form.

Meryl said...

VERY cool! I never thought of x-raying a flower. I love these visits.

Carver said...

I wasn't familiar with this type of photography. Interesting post. Carver, ABC-Wed. Team

Roy Schulze said...

If only our eyes could see at those wavelengths! I especially like the coloured examples. My unseasonal entry this week is Ex Mess.

Roger Owen Green said...

this is Xciting stuff. I LOVE it!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Reader Wil said...

It is very fascinating and even beautiful if flowers are X-rayed. I know that paintings of old masters are sometimes examined with the help of X-rays to find another painting under the new one.
Great post, Leslie, and very interesting with the photos.
Wil, ABC Team.

Hildred and Charles said...

This is something new to me, and very interesting. Well, more than interesting, - some of the photos are quite beautiful. I remember, in the olden days, when you had to have an x-ray taken the technician would duck out of the room while the X-ray equipment was operating, - I hope the photographer doesn't have to do that!!!

ewok1993 said...

i'm extremely fascinated and super interested in this kind of photography.

Mar said...

Truly fascinating, I did not know about this!

X is for Xarel.lo

VioletSky said...

I have seen calendars with x-ray photos of flowers but these are truly amazing!

Meoww said...

The x ray photo of a flower is very nice. This is my first eXposure to Xray photography. eXcellent

ChrisJ said...

Love the X rays of the flowers.

Paula Scott said...

Enjoyed the post immensely AND visiting the other site (wow-what incredible work!).

eJoops said...

Oh these are awesome!

X is for Xeroderma

chubskulit said...

Terrific subject. I never imagined that Xray photos could be that beautiful.

Xanthopsia
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

Joy said...

The combination of bones and objects is fascinating, love the shoe photo.

Annie said...

These images are so cool!

Lisa said...

I was wondering what you'd come up with for X. Great post! The photos are beyond cool.

Black Jack's Carol said...

Long ago, I had a friend who worked in a Montreal hospital, doing exactly the job you describe. He went on to become a professor in a photography school in Fredericton, but for quite some time, that job was a great way to pay his way through university. Your post was not only fascinating (I loved some of those photographs) but it brought back memories too.

EG CameraGirl said...

Fascinating! I love the idea of x-raying a flower!

Ann said...

I should have thought of Xray, last year, at our school drame, they made a prop with lots of tiny xrays films.

That is my sleep deprived brain thinking. It's really hot here, and good that I am staying in my sister's place so I don't have to pay for accommodation, and I have 1 month so I don't have to rush. I wake up at 3 am in the morning because it is 8 am in New Zealand.

Andy David said...

Hello.
I'm looking at the foot in the shoe and all I can think about is how do women walk in those heels?
Interesting information. Thanks for sharing.

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Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

Wow! I suppose it goes to show that an artist can make art out of almost anything. I especially like the plane one because I can imagine how difficult it must have been.

zongrik said...

these are breathtaking especially the one with the high heel and the coloradded

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DawnTreader said...

eXtraordinary!

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