This Photographer Removes The Phones From His Photos To Give You An Idea Of How Addicted We Are

This American photographer removed smartphones and digital devices from his portraits of everyday life.

Eric Pickersgill

The resulting photos are a stark reminder of our addiction to technology and hyper-connectivity — and Pickersgill is the first to admit he’s among the addicted.

Eric Pickersgill

The photographer was inspired by a scene he encountered in a New York cafe. “Family sitting next to me at Illium café in Troy, NY is so disconnected from one another,” Pickersgill writes in his notes from that day.

Eric Pickersgill

“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.”

Eric Pickersgill

His photos were created by asking strangers and friends to remain in position, removing their cellphones, and then taking the shot.

Eric Pickersgill

“Despite the obvious benefits that these advances in technology have contributed to society, the social and physical implications are slowly revealing themselves.”

Eric Pickersgill

“In similar ways that photography transformed the lived experience into the photographable, performable, and reproducible experience…”

Eric Pickersgill

“…personal devices are shifting behaviors while simultaneously blending into the landscape by taking form as being one with the body.”

Eric Pickersgill

“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.”

Eric Pickersgill

Eric Pickersgill

Eric Pickersgill

Eric Pickersgill

Eric Pickersgill

For more of Pickersgill’s photos, check out his website, Facebook, and Instagram.

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