X-Rays And Art Merged Into One.

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X-Rays And Art Merged Into One.

Hugh Turvey, works at The British Institute of Radiology, and has created amazing images from real x-rays by altering  both the depths and colour of the original x-rays. Hugh Turvey, explains his arts as follows: “hands on approach and the manipulation of technique: overexposure, multiple exposure, chemical processing, filtering, rigs, mechanics, physics, happy accidents, trial and error and hand colouring.”

The results are stunning images that are beautiful and artistic, a blend of science and art that many of us could not envisage possible. He named his work Xograms, and giving form to art that reveals to us the stuff of life that would remain otherwise hidden.

Where and how did his creation come from? He claims, he was influenced by Russian Constructivist concepts (Rodchenko:”unusual architecture, rhythm, and plasticity”) and from the photographic studies by Dr Harold E Edgerton of “seeing the unseen”.

Influences that got the best of his curiosity and inevitably leading him to x-rays things that were within his immediate reach, shoes, hands, and even his wife’s hand. One of his earlier works entitled – ‘femme fatale’ as seen below, depicting the allure of the woman in a stiletto and the vision of insight to how the foot is indubitably contorted.

He chooses x-rays that depict people doing ordinary things through the course of a day. Simple things like a woman standing in high heel shoes, or an individual picking his nose. He also captures nature in depiction of flowers and animals and some inanimate objects.

Hugh’s work exposes the world around us, literally and metaphorically. A selection of his nature images, are illuminated through a kaleidoscopic lens. These images finally conjuring movement that reveals new variations to each that reflect an ever-changing world of possibilities.

He strives to depict the infinite patterns within nature. Hugh’s works are an expression of bridging the gap between art and science, with the help of graphic design and pure photography. His work has been utilised in a myriad applications, including, commercially, for marketing and advertising, in TV and film and by architects and interior designers. Lately, an Android Wear™ watch has become a digital canvas for visual art. A selection of his nature images, are illuminated through a kaleidoscopic lens whenever the watch face is activated.

Hugh’s main objective is pioneering creative practitioner for better healthcare environments. That is creatively thinking about ways to improve patient experience. His work touches on science, graphic design and art while always delivering a striking aesthetic. Just look at the examples below:

X-ray of a goldfish in a bowl.

x-ray of a goldfish in a bowl

picking nose

Man picking nose

skeletons on holidays

Holiday skeletons



Hugh Turvey’s art technique mixes visible-light photography and X-ray technology, which allows the viewers to see two perspectives of a single object at the same time. Nobody describes his art better than Turvey: “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”.

Just beautiful.

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