Special Kind of Photography Project – X-rays of Flora and Fauna

“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 heron 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.”

Can we say that Arie Van’t Riet is an accidental artist? Well he has worked most years as a radiation physicist most specifically in low-energy x-rays.

One day, his creative path started when a friend of his asked him to take an x-ray of his painting. From there, he realized there are endless possibilities to explore, to experiment on.

The photographer then focused on capturing flora and fauna.

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Shooting analog with silver bromide x-ray film—which resembles a black and white negative—van’t Riet digitizes, inverts, and then colorizes parts of the image in Photoshop. This is the creative process that he is taking to produce each of this interesting work of art. These tulips are just wonderful! It’s like peeping through the skeletons of little beauties.

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Now this one is hauntingly beautiful. A little chameleon as it crawls up a tree branch. The colors have a different feel to the sight – the pastel hues just give you this sense of calmness. The bones being seen through provides a barren feel, as if you have to fill in the empty spaces again – with colors.

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These dangling colored snails look like little light bulbs of various colors. In the dark, I’d love to see such sight. The grey and light green tones create feelings of comfort and purity. How creative for him to fill in the blanks, to give his own perspective in these x-ray shots.

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When water meets land – a beautiful capture of tiny turtles, plant, and flowers. Like a mental exercise where you want to label where is blue and white, where is motion, where is wet. This what makes this photo series of his really unique.

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Whatever these flowers are, it’s not important. I love how he randomly paints the leaves, the blooms. To some light, I feel melancholic. And it is beautiful. In addition, I also get the feeling that I wish I thought of this idea before he made it happen (haha).

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Giving a different perspective on how we see tulips, this has a different gravity for me. It’s as if the image swallows you in slowly and makes you ponder on how you see things.

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One little primate on his way up a tree branch… this is a wonderful take on how flora and fauna breathes. It makes me imagine what it is like to be out there in the wild, to walk on misty grass and feel the new day…to marvel at how flowers unfold and how animals hunt for food.

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About Kristine Buenavista

Tin oftentimes takes her folding bike and old camera along country roads. Sometimes, she forgets to take pictures (though she never forgets when she finds great photos elsewhere). She narrates through words and images here. Travel, creativity, laughter, cerveza negra, scavenge hunt for beauty, starry-windy nights are among the things that make her feel weightless.

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