They say beauty is only skin deep – but Hugh Turvey’s x-rays of flowers show they are captivating through and through. Hugh, who trained as a designer / art director before studying photography Gered Mankowitz, first used X-rays in 1996 to photograph a human skull as a favour to a musician friend who needed an image for an album cover.
He has since used the technique to produce a series of coloured x-rays of everyday objects.
A row of hyacinths at various stages of development and flowering
Hugh, 39, has been fascinated since childhood with getting underneath the surface of things. He said: “I’m driven by my curiosity. It’s about discovering the world around us. As a kid I would take things apart to see what was inside and how they worked. I have an insane curiosity for how things work. X-ray gives me a way to get that insight and turn it into art”
A dozen roses
Honesty seed pods
A coloured X-ray of a rose
A coloured X-ray of a lily
A close-up of an X-ray of a thistle flower
An orchid (Stanhopea hasselvoliana)
Nigella damascena (Love-in-a-mist) seed capsules