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This Photographer’s Viral Ultraviolet Portraits Show the Terrifying Effects of Sun Damage

Sun damage

 

Photographer Pierre-Louis Ferrer’s latest collection of photos isn’t just a work of art—it’s an eye-opening look into the unseen damage that ultraviolet light from the sun can cause. The 33-year-old Paris-based photographer used an ultraviolet camera to capture a series of black and white photos he titled, “RAW.” In the series, Ferrer gives viewers a close-up look at the effects of sun damage on a group of individuals that “lies beneath the skin,” as he puts it, and is normally invisible.

The individuals in his photos have dark, irregular-shaped spots on their skin. What exactly are these spots? Rachel Nazarian, MD, a New York–based dermatologist and Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology (FAAD), says they’re the unseen effects of years of sun exposure.

“Those spots that you’re seeing in the photos are basically one of the primary signs of sun damage,” explains Dr. Nazarian. “They are melanin deposits under the skin that haven’t yet manifested to the surface of the skin, which then become freckles or sun spots.” Freckles and sun spots may look harmless, but they could be precursors to cancer.

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Source: Health – This Photographer’s Viral Ultraviolet Portraits Show the Terrifying Effects of Sun Damage By, Christina Oehler

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