Photographs Of Neatly Arranged Dissembled Old Gadgets

Disassembling gadgets and photographing them arranged in a neat way is the new geek porn. Almost every new camera, iPhone, Galaxy and why do I need this gadget gets this treatment which usually results in a beautiful OCD-ish photograph. Here are a few samples by Todd Mclellan, Martin Kozák and Kelly Hofer.

But what about the old gadgets, the long forgotten ones, the dial phone, the original Sony Walkman?

Photographs Of Neatly Arranged Dissembled Old Gadgets

Photo editor Gabriel Menashe does just this. He gives those old gadgets a new life as photographs of neatly arranged dissembled components. The project is called Taking Apart.

Gabriel shares how the process an item undergoes until it becomes a Taking Apart photo:

“Every Friday you can find me walking through the flea markets of my hometown, where I buy old items. Anything I buy has to meet the same criteria: It has to be a mechanical object comprised of several parts – and the more the merrier. It can be old phones, cameras or clocks, the possibilities are endless.

After I purchase an item it undergoes a thorough cleaning and then I photograph it as is. Then it is parked in its box, until I can find the time to take it apart, usually within a few days. Then, piece by piece, one bolt, spring and button at a time, I take it apart, careful not to break anything.”#

The photographs are taken in Gabriel’s back yard using this setup:

Photographs Of Neatly Arranged Dissembled Old Gadgets

Here are more of Gabriel’s creations, can you find your favorite 80′s piece?

Photographs Of Neatly Arranged Dissembled Old Gadgets

Photographs Of Neatly Arranged Dissembled Old Gadgets

Photographs Of Neatly Arranged Dissembled Old Gadgets

Photographs Of Neatly Arranged Dissembled Old Gadgets

[Taking Apart | Gabriel Menashe]

  • ext237

    Impressive compositions. But now lets see them put back together. lol

  • Rick

    I remember a time in the US, back thirtysome years ago when Ma Bell ruled the wired world with an iron fist, when so much as touching a telephone with a screwdriver would get you a visit from the phone police. :

  • Tneicna

    ext237, THAT was my first thought… Can he/does he ever get these things entirely reassembled and working? No spare parts left over? Somehow I suspect the project may have come about when he realized it would make a great picture, and it’d never go back to working. I do like seeing these things all laid out so nicely and photographed, but still, the engineer in me screams, I’d be itching to rebuild them.
    I’m reminded of taking clocks apart as a kidster, then reassembling(parts) of them, making things that crawled. This of course comes about when I discovered that it’s incredibly easy to unmake things. Just sayin’…