X-Rays Reveal the Beauty Inside Motorcycles

IT’S SAFE TO say  Nick Veasy loves X-rays. From machine guns to airplanes, the photographer has spent years investigating the inner workings of modern mechanics. In his latest series, Veasey focuses on the simple, elegant designs of vintage motorcycles, which look amazing when X-rayed.

He shot the bikes in his studio just south east of London, creating life-size replicas that give viewers a fascinating peek inside the often intricate machines to see what makes them hum. “I wanted to look at the development of engineering in the early part of the 20th-century, and with these old bikes there’s some negative space that helps you appreciate that engineering,” he says.

Veasey found the motorcycles through a local bike club. He photographed them in his 800-square-foot studio using a high-powered X-ray machine that can cost up to $500,000. To contain the radiation, the building has walls 30 inches thick and a lead door weighing more than 2,700 pounds. Veasey triggers the machine remotely, working outside of the studio just to be safe. Nothing was permanently contaminated by the process. READ MORE @ WIRED

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