By using x-rays instead of light, and unusual innervision can be revealed, and nature shows us textures,
details, and shadows that would otherwise not be seen. Visible light is just a small part the
electromagnetic spectrum, and falls between x-rays and infrared. My x-ray images are a
collection of negatives, positives, and solarized images, solarized being partly
negative and partly positive at the same time.
My introduction to the photographic process began in 1971 when I began formal
studies for radiological technology. I have made my living creating
radiology-based images in the diagnostic medical setting for the last 30
years. It was this introduction the photographic process that lead to an
interest in camera based photography in the late 70's. As a diversion from my
daily world of black and white, I specialized in medium format color
landscapes and nature photography, always making my own prints. Darkroom
printing was my joy.
Around 1975, I began experimenting with making x-ray photographs of
flowers and other objects mainly out of curiosity. These efforts were just
for fun, but I kept the idea in the back of my mind to get serious about it
someday. Well, before I new it, 20 years had passed and the artform was
almost forgotten. There have been a few other x-ray art photographers over
the years, with the earliest floral radiographs made around 1930. The choice
x-ray equipment for floral radiographs is almost as rare as the art form
itself. Most hospital diagnostic x-ray equipment is much to powerful for
recording delicate flower details.
In 1997 I became very serious about this art form
and have created over 3000 different images since. Currently this collection
is edited down to about 100 favorites, most of the images fail because of
composition! There is no lens to compose the images. Floral radiography,
even in its 70 year history, is for the most part unexplored, and I am
committed to seeking out new and interesting subjects in nature.
Going through some old photography from the 70's I found this early floral
radiograph made with standard hospital type xray equipment approximately 1975.
I welcome all comments.
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