Nick Veasey


X-Ray (2008)

Nick was born in London in 1962, he starting in an advertising career. Nick embarked on photography before experimenting with X-Ray imaging; he started photographing mundane objects and the human body. Nick’s work provoked interesting responses. The influence subsequently made Nick intrigued by the perception of society only viewing the face value of an image and yet we impose an opinion to which we then consider factual.

The X-Rays immediately removed the superficial layers this radically altered the appearance and reduced the interiors of the objects; focusing on another dimension, this created new meanings to the mundane objects and bodies. He wanted to highlight that we are under constant surveillance, we can be viewed multi-dimensionally at any time, and therefore his work almost adopts a dystrophic principle. In 2008, he published a book about all the X-Rays he had studied.

“I like to challenge this automatic way that we react to just physical appearance by highlighting the, often surprising, inner beauty.”

This work empowers me to create a metaphoric approach in my photographs, I wish to adopt the same principle “we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover” there needs to be a wider scrutiny and greater investigative work before forming an opinion, therefore creating depth. I thoroughly enjoy the way of Nick looks into how society becomes obsessed with the face value of self and instantly if you were to see somebody with lymphoma, the preconceived notion of illness would suggest that you would not notice anything is wrong, closer inspection shows the greater depth of the disease.

This concept intrigued me, the idea of emphasising the surveillance and scrutiny deployed by a person’s perception of illness. There becomes a subsequent loss of privacy and an inevitable lack of dignity that evolves over time. This is something that Nick explores in his work and I would like to place emphasise on this too. I wish to convey this idea by placing my objects in an open environment, inviting everyone to explore and therefore create a platform of intrigue and perhaps constructive criticism. I want the work to explore the depths of disconnectedness that illness projects, I wish to display the connotations of losing the physical presence of the human and exhibiting the body as a mere hint of their existence.


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