Obsolete Gadgets ‘R Beautiful: The ‘Relics of Technology’ Series

If I could have put a backwards “R” in the title, I certainly WOULD HAVE!

Photographer Jim Golden’s latest project takes the technological devices of yesteryear — nowadays found in thrift stores, Goodwill’s, Salvation Army, garage sales, etc. — and puts the spotligh back onto them in a collection of gallery-quality photographs and animated GIFs. His series, titled Relics of Technology, includes outdated video game controllers, projectors, floppy disks, and other forgotten/obsolete formats with currently-considered unnecessary form factors/sizes. Golden states that the collection of photographs serve as “reminders that progress has a price and our efforts have an expiration date,” as they underline technology’s ephemerality.

After being inspired by the above image of cell phones, Golden thought to himself that today “everything now is on your phone, back then we had this kind of interesting shapes and textures to hold all this information. Now its touch screen, swipe and go!”

Most of the devices Golden collected for this endeavor came from thrift stores, friends crowdsourcing items to him, and his own personal collection. He kept his old brick cellular and rotary phones in his studio in Portland, Oregon, and says that his children “don’t believe me that we ever used them.” Everyone, raise your hands if you feel old. Don’t worry, this collection is just a nice, pleasant reminder of how far we’ve come in the advancements in technology. If you want to take a peek at the complete series, check out Relics of Technology on Golden’s site.


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