These Pictures Will Make You Re-think Everything

A photographer removed the phones from his pictures to show the damage they’re doing

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There’s something very wrong with this picture (Picture: Eric Pickersgill)

You wake up and the first thing you do is grab your iPhone. You switch off your laptop last thing at night, turn off the lights, and then read Twitter on the phone in the dark. You regularly phubb your friends.

We’re so obsessed with our gadgets, we’d rather spend time with them than our friends and family.

It’s something that becomes all too horribly apparent when you look at photographer Eric Pickersgill’s eery photo-series: Removed.

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(Picture: Eric Pickersgill)

To spell out, in black and white, just how damaging our modern obsession with mobiles and iPads has become, he Photoshopped them out of his pictures.

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(Picture: Eric Pickersgill)

And the result is glassy-eyed children sat back to back with their oblivious parents, friends totally disconnected from each another, couples spooning their smartphones instead of one another.

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(Picture: Eric Pickersgill)

Everyone’s ignoring the view, missing the moment, letting life pass them by. Even on the biggest days of all.

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(Picture: 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 writes on his website.

He got the idea for the photo-series while sat in a cafe one morning, observing a family together. He describes the scene:

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.

‘The image of that family, the mother’s face, the teenage girls’ and their father’s posture and focus on the palm of their own hands has been burned in my mind,’ he explains.

And now his powerful images are burned in ours *steps away from the phone*.

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