UV portraits showed how sunlight damages the skin

French photographer Pierre-Louis Ferrer has produced a unique series of images showing skin damage caused by exposure to ultraviolet light, which is usually not visible to the naked eye. The series, called Raw, and includes 20 portraits and photographs of different parts of the body in close-up, was filmed with special equipment.

“Each model provides the viewer with an intimate look at their own essence, which she cannot even perceive herself,” said Ferrer in an interview with SWNS about his project. “These relationships of intimacy and trust are opposite to our society, where selfies and social networks project an idyllic vision of our life.” I am pleased to see beyond the visible. ”

Photographs show spots of various shapes on the bodies of models, which are usually not visible to the naked eye. According to the American Cancer Society, exposure to ultraviolet radiation is one of the main risk factors for most types of skin cancer.


Sunlight is the main source of ultraviolet rays, and tanning lamps are also responsible for the negative effects. People who are exposed to prolonged UV exposure have a higher risk of developing skin cancer. Although ultraviolet rays make up only a small part of the sun’s rays, they are the main cause of the sun’s harmful effects on the skin.

UV rays age epithelial cells and can damage their DNA, which can contribute to the development of skin cancer.

According to the American Cancer Society, sunburn and sunburn are only short-term effects of ultraviolet radiation. Prolonged exposure can cause premature aging, wrinkles, loss of elasticity, dark spots and pre-cancerous skin changes, such as dry, scaly, coarse spots.

“This series of photographs illustrates the physical characteristics of people revealed by ultraviolet photography,” said Ferrer.