Videographer Uses UV Camera to Show People their Skin Like They’ve Never Seen it Before

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.

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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.
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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.

(via PopPhoto)

  • Justine Espersen

    This is really neat and a great underlying message! Thanks for sharing!

  • yat

    Worthwhile effort! Please keep plugging.

  • Phil Hoyt

    They should put UV camera booth (kinda like the out door showers) at popular beaches to make you you applied sunscreen everywhere!

  • roxics

    I was thinking the same thing.

  • EPOC

    All the pollution probably from the USA (well they say the USA) has eroded our ozone layer drastically and everyone I know is getting some form of skin cancer in their late 50s.

  • genotypewriter

    “How the sun sees you” is a bit misleading because UV is not the only “way the sun sees” us.

  • Chang

    China is vastly worse for all kinds of pollution, air included.

  • kassim

    Interesting. Good sharing petapixel. Thanks!

  • person

    This is a beautiful video and helps to share that color is all in the beholder, even those different. Everyone looks the same for beauty, depending on what lens your looking through. glad i found it, very interesting

  • StronglyNeutral

    I once photographed my, then girlfriend, capturing the UV spectrum, which amplified her already present freckles. I love the look. She did not so much care for it, haha! Well done video, I really enjoyed this!

  • Guest

    How does UV camera detect damage skin areas? Are the pigmented spots giving off a different reflectance?

  • GreenTriumph1

    I don’t even know where to start. The ozone layer at the latitudes of the USA have not been reduced. The ozone “hole”, actually a reduction, occurs over Antarctica at a certain time of year.

    The USA has never been the largest pollutor anytime in history, not even close. With our current technology our industry is one of the most efficient in terms of GDP for energy content or in terms of GDP per unit of pollution. Some scientist claim that up to 30% of the air pollution in California originates in China.

    Please don’t listen to all of the anti-American propaganda that is out there. This country has issues but a balanced approach is the best.

  • Future is Now

    This is basically a knock-off of series that Pieter Hugo did a year or so ago. It was featured in the British Journal of Photography.

  • Sid

    I would have thought that sun block would reflect UV. This would make the areas on the skin where sun block had been applied look white rather than black. Black would indicate that no UV was reflected and therefore absorbed… Or am I missing something?

  • Scott M.

    the glasses were black too. Perhaps black means ‘reflect’ in this case?