Things Come Apart

Photographer Todd McLellan destroyed some of his favorite old gear so he could take pictures of it. Read our interview with McLellan to find out why. (Todd McLellan)
Disassembled bike

Bike

Photographer Todd McLellan destroyed some of his favorite old gear so he could take pictures of it. Read our interview with McLellan to find out why.

Bike falling apart

"I collected most everything on street corners or in second-hand shops. I was looking for products people thought they didn't need anymore."

Bike Falling Apart
(Todd McLellan)


Compass

"As I started taking more and more stuff apart. I was doing more and more mechanical things because those are a lot more fun to explore. They’re not being used anymore, and you see people who don’t really care to have them."

Compass
(Todd McLellan)


Handheld GPS

"For me, it’s just exploring them and seeing how each company does it. I didn’t just pick the high-end companies or the most sought-after objects. I wanted to follow what people are discarding and what’s readily available."

Handheld GPS
(Todd McLellan)


Phone

"The phone was the first thing I took apart. I took a picture of it, but it was kind of boring. I’d seen the picture before. I wanted to do something different. I thought, 'Gee, it might be cool if you take things apart and lay them out.'"

Phone
(Todd McLellan)


iPad

"The iPad was quite interesting because a lot of it was held together with tape. In order to fit that much stuff in a really small package, they ended up using a lot of really, really durable tape. Which is kind of interesting."

iPad
(Todd McLellan)


Swiss Army Knife

"I had the Swiss Army knife for over 20 years. It was my own personal knife. After I did it, I thought, OK, I need a new one. And I went and looked, and they look exactly the same as they did 20 years ago."

Swiss Army Knife
(Todd McLellan)


Sony DSLR

"It’s just an appreciation of things. Just look at what you have in your hands. A lot of work goes into that."

Sony DSLR
(Todd McLellan)


Alarm clock

"When I’m taking apart a phone or iPad, I know how a part came out of it and I know where I can put it into my layout to make it work."

Alarm clock
(Todd McLellan)


Maglite

Read Outside's interview with photographer Todd McLellan.

Maglite
(Todd McLellan)

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