Why do I do it?
Lately, I found that I want to go out and take pictures again, but unfortunately the endless race of work and family life leaves me little time to do so.
Taking the photos featured on this website allows me to follow my passion independently of objective constraints and conditions – just me and the time on my hands.
Naturally, taking things apart knowing you don’t have to put them back together has its therapeutic values… I do it at all hours of the day, be it first thing in the morning or very late at night.
How do I do it?
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.
Jaffa flea market
The items I buy are usually far past their prime, so I feel the process they go through gives them a new lease on life.
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.
We may live in the age of smartphones and digital books and every day we are amazed by some new application, but believe me when I tell you, nothing beats the sense of awe you fell after taking apart an old watch and realizing what really made it tick. I can’t even begin to describe the admiration I have for the people who designed and built such intricate devices.
Back to the art of taking things apart: All of the pieces go back in the box and up on the table for their photo-op at the first chance I get.
I try to create compositions that allow you to immediately recognize the item and setting the photos up is rather time consuming. Several test-shots are taking, the composition will sometimes be rearranged before the final shot it taken, and from there it is on to the computer. A slight edit later, the photo is posted on the website.
one of the photography set in my yard.
I hope you enjoy these photos and I welcome you comments – and compliments – as well as your sharing the website and photos. Nothing pleases a photographer more than having people see his work.