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The Things They’re Made Of

by David Doody


Tags: Todd McLellan, photography, discarded, technology, disassembly, arts and culture, Geist, David Doody,

Geist-summer-2011For the last couple of years there’s been something of a backlash movement against technology. Whether it’s a renewed back-to-the-land spirit, a rise in popularity of local farmers’ markets, people leaving (or vowing to leave) Facebook and Twitter in protest, or manifestos to “unplug” for at least a day, people are looking for ways to get away from their computer screens, both large and small, and get back into the real world. Books like Shop Class as Soulcraft by Matthew Crawford or Made by Hand by Make magazine editor Mark Frauenfelder have served as mouthpieces for a public searching for, as Frauenfelder’s subtitle says, meaning in a throwaway world.

In this vein comes a series of photographs by Todd McLellan entitled Disassembly. Featured in the summer issue of Geist (as well as on the cover), McLellan’s photos are of “discarded technology of the type often found on street curbs and at garage sales.” McLellan told Geist that each photo should “look like if you magically swiped your hands across the image [the pieces] would all fit into place.”

It’s an interesting series in this day and age when we’re told to replace our tech tools every few years, if not sooner.

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Todd-McLellan-Old_Push_LawnmowerV1 

Todd-McLellan-Apart_PushMower 

Todd-McLellan-OLD_FlipClockV2 

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Source: Geist  

Images courtesy of Todd McLellan.