With all the iPhones, iPads and Androids devices that we use today, it is pretty hard to deduct the functions of a device from the way it looks. This was not always the case. Consider the Gramophone.
It was pretty easy to understand the function of each component of this gadget. This part turns, this part senses the music and this part outputs the voice. Can you do this with a Smartphone? I don’t think so. This is why I miss those old gadgets so much.
Photographer Jim Golden must share similar feelings. His series Relics of Technology is a collection of technology from past times, when you could still understand what a device does just by looking at it.
Jim picks thrift stores finding his relics, and then poses them in a most appetizing ways.
The seeds for the Relics of Technology project started when I found a brick cell phone at a thrift store in rural Oregon. Since finding it, similar bits and pieces of old technology and media kept grabbing my attention. The fascination was equal parts nostalgia for the forms, and curiosity as to what had become of them. One thing led to another and I was on the hunt for groups of media and key pieces of technology, most of which have now been downsized to fit in the palm of our hand. These photos are reminders that progress has a price and our efforts have an expiration date
How many of those technologies have you owned? How many can you identify?
While the photos are ©Jim Golden 2014, you can buy individual prints at his online gallery.
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