The Project

X-Rays, MRI's...Read all about it!!!

Spooning
Spider Flower
Quartet
Axial Rose
Blueprint of a Hydrangea
Roses are Blue
Center
Single Sunflower
Still Life
One More Tulip
Lily X-Ray

Many years ago while I was in X-Ray school one of my instructors thought of a fun way to show us how IV contrast helps to improve the x-ray. He brought in a tiger lily and had us shoot an x- ray of it. The image was barely visible. He then put some IV contrast in a vase with the lily for a few hours. When we shot it the second time, the image was magical. We saw every single vein in the petals; the stem had filled in, as had the stamen. It was an unexpected and lovely class in botanical anatomy.

Several years later I was at a bookstore looking through some photography magazines. I came across an article on Steven Meyer, a well known photographer that images flowers through x-ray. His work is both beautiful and inspirational.

I had toyed with the idea of doing my own series of flower x-rays for quite some time. I never really did anything about it until about two years ago while trying to come up with some art to put on the walls of our new MRI center. I started with x-rays of Easter lilies and was pleased with the results, but wanted to do an MRI. As far as I knew it had never been done. Like most photographers, I am always looking for a fresh idea or a new way to see things, and how perfect would it be to combine my two professions?

The differences between x-ray and MRI are vast, so I started at square one to re-learn some of the physics. The first two flowers that I worked with were the dogwood blossom and the tulip. It took all day to work out the details which involved vegetable oil, water, and a lot of frustration, but I eventually got a couple of images that were worth framing. Every time I walked by the group of photos I wanted to do more. I would find myself daydreaming about ways to improve the technique, until finally I had to take time off so that I could make this a project. The images here are the result. Since I shot these I have continued to explore new ideas that I am hoping to work on this summer.

14 responses

  • Eric Hart

    Eric Hart said (27 Sep 2008):

    These results are fascinating. This was one of the stories that really caught my eye in this issue.

  • Ognjen Karabegović

    Ognjen Karabegović gave props (8 Oct 2008):

    Exelent works and great story.

  • Farras Abdelnour

    Farras Abdelnour said (10 Oct 2008):

    fabulous and inspiring idea!

  • Diane Bartlett

    Diane Bartlett said (16 May 2009):

    AMAZING. BEAUTIFUL. Love them all.

  • May Vokaty

    May Vokaty said (3 Jun 2009):

    This is fantastic! I am so very impressed with your work and creativity! I especially like the MRI of the spider flowers and the x-ray of the Lily. Awesome work!
    Sincerely,
    May, RT(R), MR

  • Rey mos

    Rey mos gave props (3 Jun 2009):

    It is a brilliant project but on the other hand, it is not feasible for me to do this!

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers (Deleted) gave props (31 Aug 2009):

    You are so lucky to have access to this kind of equipment....I love the pics and the idea...well done!

  • Sean-Michael Gettys

    Sean-Michael Gettys gave props (13 Sep 2009):

    what a wonderful idea, and how amazing it must be to combine your two professions in such a creative way! do what you love, love what you do! :)

  • ((pigotta08))

    ((pigotta08)) said (24 Oct 2009):

    great!

  • Catherine Hadler

    Catherine Hadler gave props (16 Feb 2010):

    I hadn't read this before, it's amazing! Your talents are endless

  • elena fava emerson

    elena fava emerson said (6 Jun 2010):

    unusual and interesting.....

    efe

  • karen ward

    karen ward gave props (11 Jun 2010):

    Beautiful

  • Epin Hervin

    Epin Hervin gave props (30 Aug 2011):

    The best experiment story

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (8 Jul 2013):

    OUTSTANDING SHOTS well deserved story of the week

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