I see London, I see France, I see Batman’s underpants

A postcard from Ann Burlingham back in March, from an exhibition at the Frick Museum in Pittsburgh, with this ghostly vision:


(#1) Nick Veasey’s Boxer Shorts (2008)

From Wikipedia:

Nick Veasey is a British photographer working primarily with images created from X-ray imaging. Some of his works are partial photomanipulations with Photoshop. He therefore works with digital artists to realise his creations.

Born in London in 1962, he worked in the advertising and design industries and pursued work in conventional still photography before being asked to X-ray a cola can for a television show. Veasey also X-rayed the shoes he was wearing on the day and upon showing the finished image to an art director was galvanised by the response it provoked.

The result above, is transparent underpants, of a very different sort from the garments in my 1/11/20 posting “Beach bare”, featuring transparent plastic beach shorts.

Veasey’s x-ray underpants include those of Superman and Batman, in artworks more complex than #1, his lenticular portraits. From his website:

Lenticular is a ribbed lens that refracts light from different angles. When sequential images are split behind the lenticular lens the image looks like it moves or animates. It is amusing that this motion brings our x-ray of cadavers to life.

The lenticular portraits can be viewed on his website. But what’s more easily available are the static images, below:


(#2) Veasey’s x-ray Superman


(#3) Veasey’s x-ray Batman

The underpants chant. The childhood chant, used as skipping (that is, rope-jumping) rhyme, with several variants, plus a name slot to be filled in:

I see London / England / Paris, I see France
I see N’s underpants

With Batman as the N, it’s two nice lines of trochaic tetrameter (the meter of massive amounts of English folk poetry of all sorts), with a short 4th foot.

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