The environments we set up for our toy shoots are part of the storytelling. It adds another layer to the story. Most times, I try to find the fastest and simplest way possible to create these environments, and that would mean using objects like shopping paper wrap for caves, a big rock as a treacherous mountaintop or cement powder as the moon’s surface together with some tiny stones.

When Shelly asked that I do a six-image narrative with circuit boards, I had to think in reverse. Rather than coming up with a story and then create the environment, the environment created the story ideas.

I only had two small boards to work with when I got the message from Shelly. Not enough for some of the wider shots I wanted. So, I went on to dismantle my Xbox, which was no longer working, to get to the parts. At one point, I thought of dismantling my iMac, too—which is still working but starting to fail—I will leave that for another day!