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Artist’s bizarre images of household objects tumbling through the air

Tumbling through the air, these are household items as you’ve never seen them before. Check out some cool bizarre photos .

From an alarm clock to a classic typewriter, to a 35mm camera, photographer Todd McLellan has laid bare the inside inner-workings of iconic design pieces.

Laying each one out in an orderly fashion, the Toronto-based artist photographed the static de-constructed objects from above for his ‘Disassembly Project’.

However, each of the disassembled items were then dropped from a small height and photographed at speed, with the flash duration set to 1/12,000 of a second to show them in motion.

Fascinating for the glimpse it gives into the inner-workings of everyday labour and time-saving devices, Mr McLellan‘s orderly montages are the first in a planned photographic series.

‘The Disassembly series began last year in my Toronto studio,’ he said.

‘They are carefully selected items that I find in secondhand antique stores and even discarded on the street or at yard sales.

‘I began to think what can I do with these things, I wanted to give them justice, to show what went into making them what they are.

‘Taking them apart to their constituent parts displays how genuinely complicated and intricate they are in their make up.

‘By taking them apart methodically I came to appreciate the art of assembly and design.’

Using a an alarm clock, a cassette tape recorder, a typewriter and a 35mm camera, Mr McLellan‘s deliberate selection reflects his appreciation for the function of each.

‘My mother worked in electrical engineering and there were always things to be taken apart,’ said Mr McLellan.

‘For my project it was the typewriter that took the longest to disassemble, but the camera was by far the most difficult.

‘I use only pliers and small needles and screwdrivers to take these things apart.

‘The irony being the intense and far more complicated tools used to put them together.

‘The lens on the camera is a special construct and to take it apart required skill, although not anywhere near the skill to design and put it together.’

Taking his chosen objects apart, Mr McLellan lays them down sequentially on a flat plain background.

He said: ‘I keep each section of the object as near to itself as possible. For example, I keep the receiver set of the phone in the same space on the flat photograph.

‘I try to keep true to the design, but it can take me up to three days from beginning disassembly to photograph to finish with a result I am happy with.’

Mr McLellan feels that dropping the objects and capturing them in motion adds a dynamic element to his photographic series.

‘The high-speed photographic adds the moving motion, the mechanical element back to the objects.

‘Even though they are not working and have been taken apart and are in their constituent pieces, when pulled together they have the power to cut your grass, or wake you in the morning.’