It’s strange how futuristic old computers still look to me. By now, I’m not only used to tech in every instance, I use tech in every instance. I rely on my phone to tell me everything from Thai joint locations to celebrity ages. Sure, that’s not an interesting bracket, but it shows how mundane binary offerings have become, with their appearance following in hand.
But there was a time when computers looked like they all belonged in space shuttles. They’d thunk to life, loud mechanics turning, and the world seemed so impossibly open and wild. Now, decades later, relics of an exciting time — tech is certainly thrilling now as well, but nothing beats early fascination when all things are possible yet challenging —get a tribute treatment by London-based photographer James Ball. The artist shot ten historic computers for his Guide To Computing series from museums all over the world.