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PUBLISHED: 09:55 12 November 2009 | UPDATED: 11:12 23 August 2010

GOING UNDERGROUND: Nick in the Cold War bunker.

GOING UNDERGROUND: Nick in the Cold War bunker.

WORKING in a Cold War spy bunker using X-Ray equipment is one way of having art quite literally explore what lies beneath the surface. Nick Veasey, who lives in Harvel, is a unique artist who uses equipment most often associated with accident and emergen

WORKING in a Cold War spy bunker using X-Ray equipment is one way of having art quite literally explore what lies beneath the surface.

Nick Veasey, who lives in Harvel, is a unique artist who uses equipment most often associated with accident and emergency to create stunning images.

Taking X-rays with machines of varying strength comes with its own dangers but Mr Veasey was able to buy the thick concrete-walled former spy bunker on the outskirts of Maidstone from the ministry of defence 15 years ago.

He said: "I was going nowhere as a commercial photographer, but by luck I started lodging at a house in Cobham where the landlord conducted non destructive safety test using X-rays.

"He showed me a few examples and things progressed from there."

His work, which includes household items, but also larger projects such as a Boeing 777, has gained recognition both in the UK and abroad.

Last year alone he collected six separate honours including International Photographer of the Year.

Now his work is to be used in a free calendar for Northfleet Garden Centre Millbrook, to be launched at the centre's annual charity festive evening on November 26, at which he will be attending.

He added: "It is a great opportunity for me because usually your work is part of a catalogue with other art so it is a really interesting opportunity to be able to have a whole calendar dedicated to my work."

The 48-year-old was also delighted his work would be used to support a charity, with proceeds from the launch night going to the Forget Me Not Ben Gravesend appeal for leukaemia research.

The calendars are available to shoppers who sign up to the centre's customer database from the Northfleet centre and also from the Crowborough centre in East Sussex.

Millbrook's managing director, Tammy Woodhouse, said: "His delicately coloured X-rays show us the natural world in what is literally a new light."

Tickets to the evening are £3 and doors open at 7pm.

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