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Photographer Creates Haunting Photo Series By Removing Phones From Every Image

There’s a good chance you’re reading this on your phone right now.

Photographer Creates Haunting Photo Series By Removing Phones From Every Image
Angie and Me, 2014 | Photos from Eric Pickersgill/Removed/Website.

This article originally appeared on 09.21.17



There's a good chance you're reading this on your phone or tablet right now. Most of us can't imagine going very long without looking at a screen these days. With this thought in mind, photographer Eric Pickersgill created a brilliant photo series, “Removed" that captures our addiction to these devices. To create the haunting images, Pickersgill had his subjects perform activities we see every day and then he removed the tablet or phone from their hands but had them hold their stance and stare as he took the pictures.

Pickersgill was inspired to do this project after watching a family interact at a Cafe in Troy, NY. He shared the experience on the project's website.



“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."

William and Christina, 2014
William and Christina, 2014
Wendy, Brian, Hunter, Harper, 2014
Wendy, Brian, Hunter, Harper, 2014
Vicky’s Ice Cream, 2014
Vicky’s Ice Cream, 2014
Tanya and Addison, 2014
Tanya and Addison, 2014
Snoopys, 2014
Snoopys, 2014
Phyllis, 2014
Phyllis, 2014
Phyllis Photographing, 2014
Phyllis Photographing, 2014
Jimmy and Michelle, 2014
Jimmy and Michelle, 2014
Melissa, 2014
Melissa, 2014
Lindsay and Louis, 2014
Lindsay and Louis, 2014
Jamie, Jody, Aiden, 2014
Jamie, Jody, Aiden, 2014
Head On, 2014
Head On, 2014
Michael and the man who minds, 2014
Michael and the man who minds, 2014
Angie Snappin’ Pics
Angie Snappin’ Pics
Mom and Dad, 2014
Mom and Dad, 2014
Cody and Erica, 2014
Cody and Erica, 2014
Jeff and Ty, 2014
Jeff and Ty, 2014
Grant, 2014
Grant, 2014
Debbie and Kevin, 2014
Debbie and Kevin, 2014
Courtlyn and Sara, 2014
Courtlyn and Sara, 2014
Chris’ Grass Business, 2014
Chris’ Grass Business, 2014
Cameron, 2014
Cameron, 2014
Mike and Laurna, 2014
Mike and Laurna, 2014
Ashley’s Neighbors, 2014
Ashley’s Neighbors, 2014
Angie and Me, 2014
Angie and Me, 2014

You can check out the fascinating photos in the gallery above.

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