London, Mar 30 : Every artist claims that his masterpiece has a hidden meaning to it. But British photographer Nick Veasey has gone a step further in his love for art - by going to the core of our being through 'X-ray art'.
Using sophisticated X-ray cameras, Veasey has created ghostly images that transform the appearance of people and the world around them.
Veasey finds beauty skin deep - producing pictures that range from a dramatic image of skeletal passengers on a bus to the delicate textures of a flower.
His studio, in Maidenhead, Berkshire, is unlike any other artist's garret. Inside a lead-lined room, he places flowers, insects and objects to be photographed.
Larger compositions require industrial X-ray machines. One of his most arresting pictures - of a bus - was taken using a device normally employed by American border police to scan vehicles.
But the passenger images are, in fact, of only one man's body. He X-rayed a single corpse - lent by an undertaker - before scanning the image into his computer and creating multiple images in a variety of poses. He then positioned these inside the image of the bus.
Veasey uses the same principle to capture the hidden outline of bone, metal or plastic.
"I like to challenge the automatic way in which we react to external physical appearance by highlighting the often surprising inner beauty of things," the Telegraph quoted him, as saying.