Have you become like so many other people who are dependent on their cell phone? Do you keep it near you at all times, checking for new text messages, notifications, and constantly scrolling through social media apps? Probably.
Feeling the need to be socially connected every minute of the day seems to have seriously disconnected people from reality. It has started to take over family and social interactions.
For some people, it has gotten to the point where they are unable to save their relationships or even form meaningful interactions with those dearest to them.
In an effort to portray what has happened, photographer Eric Pickersgill decided to remove cell phones and other digital devices from his portraits of people in everyday situations.
The project, called Removed, intends to show society just how addicted we’ve become to technology.
Pickergill explains what inspired him:
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.
He was able to pull off the project by asking friends and strangers to go about their daily lives, then he had them pause and took away their phones.