Hugh Turvey

17.07.2013 in17:22 in Creative,photoart -->


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British x-ray artist Hugh Turvey appeals to the kid in all of us with his series of x-ray photographs of wrapped Christmas presents. Turvey calls the images Xograms and creates them by placing each object in an x-ray machine, exposing it to photons for up to a minute. Unique coloring techniques are applied by hand.

1997 marked his foray into x-ray photography when he was commissioned to create a ‘revealing’ image for an album cover. He has since created countless x-ray works of everyday objects that appear in ad campaigns, publications and collections worldwide. Turvey is currently an artist-in-residence at the British Institute of Radiology.

I love using film. The 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. I do not work exclusively with one set of x-ray equipment rather I tailor the equipment to requirement: for example to capture a small insect of low density is very different to that of capturing the high densities of a sports motorbike. Simply put, the only difference between my x-ray images and the photograms produced by the early photographic pioneers is the frequency of the ‘light’ used to expose the ‘paper’.