David Arky Photography

X-ray photography

My training as an engineering student never quite prepared me for the moment that I would make my first x-ray of an inanimate subject. The discovery of revealing contours and layers not yet examined by the naked eye unlocked a secret and intimate world that fascinated me.

100,000 volts of electricity excite the x-ray tube as wavelengths pass through its subjects on their way to the film that lies below. Mannequins are stripped naked, shoes are unlaced and tin toys shed their armour, all becoming opened and revealed, showing an inner structure, an inner personality from the inside out.

By their nature, all X-rays are mono-chromatic. Through multiple exposures and subtle palette changes, my final prints embody the essence of the object, without actually showing it.