Remember the days of CDs, VHS, and floppy discs? When you couldn’t fit your entire music library in the palm of your hand and rewinding a tape after watching a movie was common courtesy?
Portland, Ore.-based still life and product photographer Jim Golden recently tracked down a collection of these items for his series “Relics of Technology.” Jim has always been fascinated with collections, and let us in on the inspiration for the project:
The seeds for the Relics of Technology project started when I found a brick cell phone at a thrift store in rural Oregon. Since finding it, similar bits and pieces of old technology and media kept grabbing my attention. The fascination was equal parts nostalgia for the forms, and curiosity as to what had become of them. One thing led to another and I was on the hunt for groups of media and key pieces of technology, most of which have now been downsized to fit into the palm of our hand. These photos are reminders that progress has a price and our efforts have an expiration date.