10 minutes with Todd McLellan

Interviews with Photographers November 7, 2011 7:34 am

When did you first know that you wanted to be a photographer?

It was my after my first year of my 4 year program. I wanted to get into graphic design and after doing a couple classes realized the true discipline wasn’t for me.

Tell me about your deconstructed work. How did you get the idea to start the series? What was the first object that you remember taking apart?

I collected the objects over the years from the streets and thrift shops. I wanted to do a shot of each image in a heroic manner but the standard product shot just wouldn’t work. I started with a couple different versions and ended up where I am now. The way it was laid out worked for the descriptive look that I was going for. Showing all the physical parts that were involved in each of the object.

The first piece that I had taken apart for this project was the phone. I had taken apart many other things but never photographed them.

 

Todd McLellan

Todd McLellan

Todd McLellan

Todd McLellan

 

 

Being a professional photographer, what surprises you most — the good and the bad — about the business?

How even the most simple things that happen in life are visually manufactured and how we strive to attain those manufactured ideals. I have a love hate relationship with that.

If you could go back 10 years, what advice would you give yourself?

Assist but not for too long. Don’t build your life around your career but let it become a part of it.

 

Todd McLellan

Todd McLellan

Todd McLellan

Todd McLellan

 

Any words of wisdom for the up and comers?

Shoot, shoot, shoot, show, then repeat. When that gets boring move on.

 

(Todd is based in Toronto. See more of his work, here.)

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