Medical specialist and artist Arie van 't Riet has explored the inner workings of animals and plants and the results are amazing enough to leave us stupefied. A medical physicist based in Netherlands, he teaches radiographers about radiation physics and safety. For an example to demonstrate and visualise the influence of x-ray energy on the contrast levels in the x-ray image, he made himself capture these fantastic pictures.
"I arrived at flowers. After some years, I started to edit and partly color these x-ray images. And I added animals", he said about his artwork.
Hypercium that grew at his hospital's entrance.
All the x-rays were produced with his own licensed machine at his home. He revealed having captured only the dead animals since it wasn't fair to expose the living to harmful x-rays.
"The x-rays demonstrate the complexity and the inner refinement of natural objects. See the pelvic structure of the frog."
"See the trachea in the python and the lizard, it is the same construction as mine. The same holds for the bony structures like knee, elbow, hip, femur, fibula, ulna, radius etc. All the same. We judge the bird by its color. But, they often are the same in an x-ray view, looking with x-ray eyes."
"Usually, the availability of an animal is decisive for the image. It starts with a traffic victim, or a reptile which died, or a fish from the market, or some prepared insects from the shop, or an animal caught by the cat."
"Next, I search for plants and flowers belonging to the habitat of the respective animal. From the animals and flowers and plants, I build my complete natural scene."
Since, Van 't Riet can't see as his photos get developed, they come as a surprise to him too.
"Sometimes the traffic victim is found to be to heavily damaged internally. Sometimes, the composition is disappointing. But it means a lot to me if finally the realized x-ray underlines how amazing is nature."
Can you spot the hidden snail?