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Inside Kylie’s knickers and other fascinating X-ray photos reveal inner beauty as you've never seen it before

I should be so lucky: Veasey combines radiology and photography to get inside Kylie Minogue's knickers


Despite the much-talked about 'inner beauty' that some mortals seem to possess few photographers have captured metaphor as well as Nick Veasey.
The British artist has created more than 200 stunning photographs using X-ray imaging with partial photo-manipulations and a little help from Photoshop.
Born near Maidstone in Kent, Veasey successfully combines photography and radiology to produce hauntingly beautiful, amusing and in some cases morbid images. 
In 2003 he created the world's largest X-ray of a life-sized Boeing 777 jet, which currently resides at Logan Airport in Boston.
He said: '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.' 
Veasey's first collection of images collated into hardback format: X-ray: See Through The World Around You was recently released by Carlton/Goodman in the UK and Penguin in North America. The book collects images captured over a 13-year period of experimentation with X-ray imaging and equipment.

Hard as nails: The true extent of the 'no pain no gain' fashion culture is revealed in this X-ray photo of a pair of Jimmy Choos
Hard as nails: The true extent of the 'no pain no gain' fashion culture is revealed in this X-ray photo of a pair of Jimmy Choos

Accessories: An X-ray of a woman's handbag
Dress sense: Veasey X-ray's a woman's party dress
Veasey raids a woman's wardrobe for inspiration: On the left is an X-ray of a handbag which appears to be floating and on the right is a girl's party dress with the striking outline of a metal zip at the back

    The X-factor: To make this life-sized X-ray of a Boeing 777for Boston's Logan Airport Veasey spent several months stitching together 500 separate X-rays of the plane
    The X-factor: To make this life-sized X-ray of a Boeing 777for Boston's Logan Airport Veasey spent several months stitching together 500 separate X-rays of the plane

    X-ray of a loser hand gesture
    Nice one: X-ray image of a thumbs up by Nick Veasey
    Charming! The meaning of these hand gestures seems less significant than the detailed outline of bone and flesh which is both striking and thought-provoking

    A British classic: Veasey lifts the lid on the Mini. He had to use a real 'rust bucket' to ensure the photograph wasn't too intricate or cluttered with motoring mod-cons but the result is a pleasing vintage effect
    Veasey lifts the lid on the Mini: He had to use a real 'rust bucket' to ensure the photograph wasn't too intricate or cluttered with motoring mod-cons but the result is a pleasing vintage effect

    Nick Veasey X-ray's a man's bowler hat
    Wedding day: A groom's top hat and tails and a wedding dress and tiara
    Haunting: An X-ray of a groom's top hat and tails and a bride's wedding dress and tiara makes these clothes look ghostly

    Veasey borrowed a cargo x-ray scanner normally used to search trucks crossing into the US from Mexico to create this image. Once he scanned the bus, Veasey used Photoshop to populate it with skeletons and objects he shot separately
    Veasey borrowed a cargo X-ray scanner normally used to search trucks crossing into the US from Mexico to create this image. Once he scanned the bus, Veasey used Photoshop to populate it with skeletons and objects he shot separately

    Vespa: The iconic brand of Italian motorbike as you've never seen it before. Veasey said: 'One of my best mates is a Mod. This is for him'
    Vespa: The iconic brand of Italian motorbike as you've never seen it before. Veasey said: 'One of my best mates is a Mod. This is for him'

    Fish bones: An X-ray photo of a fish by Nick Veasey
    Under the sea: An X-ray captures far more detail of this starfish than any conventional photograph
    Under the sea: An X-ray captures these marine animals in far more detail than any conventional photograph 

    Man and machine: Veasey created this collection by firing X-rays at objects to get a particular image. Some of the rays are partially blocked by dense materials, such as bone, and these show up as lighter on the resulting photograph
    Man and machine: Veasey created this collection by firing X-rays at objects to get a particular image. Some of the rays are partially blocked by dense materials, such as bone, and these show up as lighter on the resulting photograph

    Fearsome: This haunting X-ray of a bat looks terrifying as the winged beast opens its mouth to release a screeching wail
    Fearsome: This haunting X-ray of a bat looks terrifying as the winged beast opens its mouth to release a screeching wail

    Wide-eyed: This teddy bear looks as if it's been electrocuted in an interesting X-ray of a child's toy
    Wide-eyed: This teddy bear looks as if it's been electrocuted in an interesting X-ray of a child's toy

    Skull and cross bones: Typically seen on bottles of toxic fluids or on a pirate's flag this image is synonymous with danger and death
    Morbid: While some of Veasey's images are light-hearted others adopt a theme of morbidity and death - like this skull and cross bones 

    Flower: This stunning solo iris looks grand and ethereal after being given Veasey's special X-ray treatment
    Flower: This stunning solo iris looks grand and ethereal after being given Veasey's special X-ray treatment

    Whatever: A pair of hands make the taunting playground gesture with the two thumbs pressed together and the first figures vertical to give the W shape
    Whatever: A pair of hands make the taunting playground gesture with the two thumbs pressed together and the first figures vertical to give the W shape

    Claws: An X-ray of a crab
    Seaweed: A world away from its slimy and black appearance this wreath of seaweed looks hauntingly beautiful
    Clawsome: This X-ray of a crab is stunning while a beautiful wreath of seaweed is a world away from its slimy and black appearance so often seen on the beach

    X-ray of a man carrying a gun
    Dancing dress
    Good luck at customs: A image of suited man with a gun in a holster (and a dancing dress with shoes and a tape player (right) -  DM



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