Arie van’t Riet

15.01.2014 in18:04 in Art -->


Physicist Arie Van’t Riet used his knowledge of radiation to launch a photography series that literally looks deep into the beauty of nature. The artist uses an X-ray camera to capture the skeletal underpinnings of animals and the delicate fibers of flowers and plants. Though they may look like what a superhero with X-ray vision would see on a nature hike, the compositions are staged (using animals killed in traffic accidents and recently deceased pets of friends, so as not to harm live animals with radiation) in van’t Riet’s studio and photographed through an analog process that uses different intensities of X-rays. Color is added digitally in Photoshop. Van’t Riet gave a TED Talk about his process and future ambitions for the project. Watch the video and see some of his artworks below

As a physicist I specialized in radiation physics. Especially in very low energy X-rays.
Some years ago I started to use these experience in X-ray
photography. An amazing kind of black and white photography.
Looking with X-ray eyes to nature. That’s what I like to experience with my X-ray camera.
I prefer X-ray objects of ordinary scenes like a butterfly
nearby a flower, a fish in the ocean, a mouse in the field,
a haron along the riverside, a bird in a tree and so on.
Each time it is challenging me to arrive at an X-ray
photograph that represents the sentiment of the scene,
do raise questions and excite curiosity. I hope, in most of
the images presented here I succeeded.