It’s pretty hard to get away from technology these days. The world may be connected on an unprecedented level, but most would admit that something has gone wrong in our search for connectedness. If smartphones and mobile devices are meant to keep us in sync, why then do we feel more isolated than ever?
Photographer Eric Pickersgill decided to drive this sobering thought home with a powerful project entitled Removed. The eye-opening idea was inspired by a horrible scene Eric witnessed at a local cafe one morning.
The 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.
When you become addicted to your phone, you miss out on life, and it’s tragic. And we’ve all been in this position… the struggle to ditch our tech addiction is real, but in the end we are glad when we pick up a family conversation instead of our phones.
To communicate that, Pickersgill staged what it looks like when people use phones throughout the day… but he removed the phones from the scene. The result is an eye-opening portrait of our current reality.
Check out these 10 photos below for a dose of perspective.
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