(to see more photos check out 12:31)
I’m blown away by how cool this is. I’ve been using the Visible Human Project as a reference and as a resource in studying anatomy for a while now. One of my professors was actually a partner in its creation.
The body came from a man who was executed by lethal injection for murder. He donated his body for scientific research or medical use.
The body was encased and frozen in a mixture of gelatin and water, and then photographed as it was ground away at 1 millimeter intervals. The body was also scanned to create axial and coronal cross sections. The result is a data set of cross sectional photographs of the body.
How the photographs were made
“The animation was played fullscreen on a computer, which was moved around by an assistant while being photographed in a dark environment. The resulting images are long-exposure “light paintings” of the entire cadaver. Variations in the movement of the computer during each exposure created differences in the shape of the body throughout the series.”
You can purchase prints from their site. So cool.