Maybe you remember the shooter Brittny Badger who, back in '08, disassembled and photographed household appliances for her senior thesis project at the Hartford Art School.
Then earlier this year, Canadian photographer Todd McLellan started making the blog rounds for doing a similar thing with vintage objects.
Now Brooklyn-based artist Max de Esteban has gone a step further by disassembling objects, shooting the individual parts, then putting them back together photographically to create ghostly X-Ray-like images of the complete objects:
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Collectively called "PROPOSITION ONE," the images are now on display at the KlompChing Gallery in Brooklyn's DUMBO area.
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.