Organizing everyday objects by their thousands of tiny parts looks endlessly satisfying

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Old Macintosh taken apart

Todd McLellan

Canadian photographer Todd McLellan says he grew up in a home where "something was always open."

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His father was a carpenter and TV repairman and his mother an electrical technician, so everyone in the family learned to take things apart and put them back together. It's no surprise that McLellan became fascinated by the mechanical inner-workings of everyday objects: toasters, watches, coffee grinders.

Now 39, he has transformed that hobby into an ongoing photography series in which he takes ordinary pieces of technology, from salt and pepper mills to old Macintosh computers, lays out the guts of each object, and captures all the components in one shot.

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The result is a stunning display of disassembly.