I love using film.

The hands on approach and the manipulation of technique: overexposure, multiple exposure, chemical processing, filtering, rigs, mechanics, physics, happy accidents, trial and error and hand colouring.

I do not work exclusively with one set of x-ray equipment rather I tailor the equipment to requirement: for example to capture a small insect of low density is very different to that of capturing the high densities of a sports motorbike.

There is a technique to produce a photographic image without a camera by placing objects directly onto the surface of a photo-sensitive material such as photographic paper and then exposing it to light. These are called photograms (or as Man Ray called the "rayographs" ) and is one of the first photographic imaging techniques ever used by William Fox Talbot (and he called them “photogenic drawings”).

Simply put, the only difference between my x-ray images and the photograms produced by the early photographic pioneers is the frequency of the ‘light’ used to expose the ‘paper’. I have created (unlike the 'Roentgenogram' which is pertaining to the originators name) a more generic term ' XOGRAM ' to define my x-ray images within the context of my photographic background and the cross over of my visible light and x-ray images. I have also created the term ' XOGRAFIA ' to define the act of producing xograms.


Title: The Fan ( X-ray photograph {xogram} by Hugh Turvey )
Title: The Fan