One distinction between machines and appliances is that we tend to regard appliances as singular objects. We might realize that our toasters or microwaves or cameras are full of various components, but how many of us actually consider about the fascinating interactions taking place among those many parts. As with living things, there are vast networks of connections at work inside those object that allow them to function.
For his "Separations" and "Tapes" series, the artist and photographer Benjamin Innes focused on magnetic tape, disused electronics, and flora and fauna, pulling them apart and arranging the piece-by-piece, resulting in a collection of magnificent mobile-like structures.
"I've always been excited with exploded diagrams," says Innes. "It's a fun way of understanding an object. A Polaroid, for instance, seems like this one solid object, but you break it open and find all of these wonderful different components."