Photographer takes apart everyday gadgets to reveal their inner workings
Todd McLellan says we shouldn't be afraid to open up our tech
Todd McLellan likes to take things apart. For the past decade, the Canadian photographer has been disassembling everyday objects, artfully arranging their internal pieces, and then taking beautiful images of the components.
In his 2013 debut book of photography, Things Come Apart, McLellan focused on the inner workings of older design classics like a grandfather clock and an accordion. "The first one started with an old rotary phone, and then it went all the way up to an airplane," McLellan told Spark host Nora Young. "So I first started with mechanical objects, but then it felt unfinished."
"I always liked the idea of understanding how things work. And more than not, it would be great to repair things rather than toss them out."
McLellan believes that people can learn how to repair digital tech objects themselves. "You can almost fix anything," he said. "Everything comes in components and if you're able to order them, you're able to fix it."
Perhaps surprisingly, McLellan says the Amazon Echo was easy for him to fix. "Basically, you pull off a rubber seal and then it exposes the screws or joints, and it kind of slid apart magically, which was beautiful."
McLellan hopes his readers will come away with a better understanding of how their everyday tech works. "It boggles my mind the years of research and development that goes into creating what we have in front of us," he said. "If you understand them better, you can get more out of them."