Steven N. Meyers brings new life to floral photography with x-ray technology.
Steven Meyer's introduction to the photographic process began in 1971 when he began formal studies for radiological technology. He has made his living creating radiology-based images in the diagnostic medical setting for the last 30 years. It was this introduction the photographic process that lead to an interest in camera based photography in the late 70's. As a diversion from his daily world of black and white, he specialized in medium format color landscapes and nature photography, always making his own prints. Darkroom printing was his joy.
Around 1975, he began experimenting with making x-ray photographs of flowers and other objects mainly out of curiosity. These efforts were just for fun, but he kept the idea in the back of his mind to get serious about it someday. Before he new it, 20 years had passed and the artform was almost forgotten. There have been a few other x-ray art photographers over the years, with the earliest floral radiographs made around 1930. The choice x-ray equipment for floral radiographs is almost as rare as the art form itself. Most hospital diagnostic x-ray equipment is much too powerful for recording delicate flower details.
In 1997 he became very serious about this art form and has created over 1200 different images since. Currently this collection is edited down to about 50 favorites, most of the images fail because of composition! There is no lens to compose the images. Floral radiography, even in its 70 year history, is for the most part unexplored, and he is committed to seeking out new and interesting subjects in nature. Going through some old photography from the 70's he found this early floral radiograph made with standard hospital type x-ray equipment approximately 1975.
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