Artist Tom Leveritt recently ventured out into the world of ultraviolet photography — or more specifically videography — to help us take a closer look at the skin we’re in and how sunscreen is a vital tool towards protecting it.
Titled How The Sun Sees You, this short film makes use of an ultraviolet camera setup to show a myriad of individuals how their skin looks underneath what our eyes are capable of seeing. Detailing everything from freckles to long-forgotten scars and injuries, the camera/monitor setup he has shocked a number of people, giving them a look into themselves like they’ve never seen.
But that wasn’t even the most shocking part. After showing the individuals what their skin looked like to the UV camera rig, Leveritt let them put on some sunscreen. Meant to protect us from the harmful UV rays of the sun, the sunscreen immediately creates a barrier between the skin and UV light, turning all of the subjects’s skin black, as no light is being let through the sunscreen.
As the video shows, almost everyone is born with perfect skin. But as we age, so does the tissue that envelopes us. It’s up to us as to how well said tissue holds up over time, with those who are more protective of their skin under the sun showing less wear-and-tear than those who don’t.
The video doesn’t seem to be making any particular statement other than showing us just how interesting our skin can be, even if we can’t see it all. Whether you take it purely as an interesting video or a PSA to wear sunscreen and keep your skin healthy, it’s well worth the three minute watch.