Photographer Removed Smartphones from these Images to Show Us the Reality of Our Modern World

He showed us how obsessed we are with smartphones.

We have seen a lot of blogs about how bad smartphones are to our health, and even to our relationship. But have we really pictured how bad smartphones are to our relationships? Perhaps, no.

“The joining of people to devices has been rapid and unalterable. The application of the personal device in daily life has made tasks take less time. Far away places and people feel closer than ever before. Despite the obvious benefits that these advances in technology have contributed to society, the social and physical implications are slowly revealing themselves. In similar ways that photography transformed the lived experience into the photographable, performable, and reproducible experience, personal devices are shifting behaviors while simultaneously blending into the landscape by taking form as being one with the body. This phantom limb is used as a way of signaling busyness and unapproachability to strangers while existing as an addictive force that promotes the splitting of attention between those who are physically with you and those who are not.” says Eric Pickersgill.

Eric Pickersgill, a photographer, shares his experience at a restaurant before he came up with the idea of the  album Removed where a series of photos are edited– the mobile phones have been “edited out”. He wrote:

Family sitting next to me at Illium café in Troy, NY is so disconnected from one another. Not much talking. Father and two daughters have their own phones out. Mom doesn’t have one or chooses to leave it put away. She stares out the window, sad and alone in the company of her closest family. Dad looks up every so often to announce some obscure piece of info he found online. Twice he goes on about a large fish that was caught. No one replies. I am saddened by the use of technology for interaction in exchange for not interacting. This has never happened before and I doubt we have scratched the surface of the social impact of this new experience. Mom has her phone out now.

The results of his work are a bit eerie. Here are the photographs of a family, a couple, a married couple, an old couple, a whole class, a crowd and even siblings, and friends.

Maybe, it is his way of reminding us to put our phones away sometimes. Appreciate the view and connect with people– not through your electronic devices.



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