Photographer James Ball, also known as "Docubyte," always felt an affinity towards the world's earliest computers.
"I love looking at those old images online of vintage mainframe rooms and early huge computers," he told Business Insider.However, he had an urge to document these magnificent machines in a way that honored them better than the old black-and-white photos he was seeing.
So Ball began to research, locating the computers that changed the course of technology, and found that most of them were sitting in museums.
In his formal request to photograph them, Ball made it clear he would be photographing the machines in a way in which they'd never been seen.
"I think that piqued the museums' interest and helped start a basis for the project," he said.Working with the production studio INK, Ball created 10 gorgeous photos and pulled historic information on each of the computers.