Photographer removes phones from everyday portraits to show how addicted we are
Let’s all admit we are all tied to our phones 24*7. Everywhere we go, we are glued to our phones, either clicking pictures or chatting with a friend. No two persons sitting on a table are spotted without looking at their phones. The sad truth is our smart phones have taken over our lives. There are more than 10 reasons why you must give up your smart phones. Popular for creating everyday portraits, American photographer Eric Pickersgill‘s latest project, “Removed” shows people in their daily lives using their smart phones.
His project shows our addiction to technology and hyper-connectivity.
Eric was inspired by a scene he encountered in a New York cafe.
“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 asked the subjects to sit in the same pose without their phones so he could captures the images.
“Despite the obvious benefits that these advances in technology have contributed to society, the social and physical implications are slowly revealing themselves”
“In similar ways that photography transformed the lived experience into the photographable, performable, and reproducible experience…”
personal devices are shifting behaviors while simultaneously blending into the landscape by taking form as being one with the body”
“This phantom limb is used as a way of signaling busyness and unapproachability to strangers while existing as an addictive force that promotes the splitting of attention between those who are physically with you and those who are not”