Photographer Removes Phones From His Images To Show How Addicted We’ve Become

Photographer Eric Pickersgill has released a series of photos from everyday life with one minor adjustment: all electronic devices have been removed.

It's called 'Removed' and the inspiration for this came from an observation he made one morning while sitting in a local café:

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.

Sound familiar to you? 😬😬😬To be honest, I've done this to people before too AND have people do it to me. Either way, it's not why do we do it?