Proposition One, X-Ray-Style Photos of Retro Gadgets

Proposition One by Max de Esteban

Proposition One by Max de Esteban

Proposition One by Max de Esteban

Proposition One by Max de Esteban

Proposition One by Max de Esteban

Proposition One by Max de Esteban

“Proposition One” is a photo series in which analog cameras, record players, and other obsolete gadgets are depicted in ghostly X-ray-style images. Spanish photographer Max de Esteban created the images not with an X-ray, but by disassembling the devices, painting them white, and taking many photographs as he reassembled the devices piece by piece. The final image is a photographic composite of many layers of the device.

The series of images have an x-ray, mortuary quality; as forensic testimonies of a past existence; vestiges of their inner structure can be clearly identified while others fade or have disappeared as in decomposing organic bodies. By eliminating the objects’ individual peculiarities, each photograph becomes a generic symbol of decay and death. While sophisticated and state-of-the-art not long ago, these tools evoke today a sense of fragility, archaism and trauma.

“Proposition One” is on exhibition at the Klompching Gallery in Brooklyn through December 9.

via Technabob