X-Ray Visions

Hendrik-Jan Grievink
September 29th 2010

Anyone who ever saw an x-ray picture of himself will probably recognise the uncanny feeling of staring at your own skull or bones and being confronted by one of nature’s grim realities: your body is an very vulnerable, beautiful and imperfect tool that will one day -- inevitably -- stop working. These x-ray photographs by british photographer Nick Veasey, are something else…

Instead of focusing on the human body, he makes visible the McLuhanesque notion of media as extentions of your body: the chair that extends your spine while you sit on it; the sneakers that extend the soles of your feet while you run on them; the newspaper that extends your brain while you try to grasp the event of the day.

Now, try this for an excercize: imagine you have x-ray vision, like if you were a superhero. Take a look around you at the very spot where you are when you read this and try to find the most natural thing. It will probably be your own body! Everything else has already been replaced by design.

1. Mohammed el Baradei, 2008.
2. Bus, 1998.
3. Plane, 201

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