A Photography Captures Moments When Smartphone Obsession Isolates Us

A Photography Captures Moments When Smartphone Obsession Isolates Us

This photo series by Eric Pickersgill remove digital devices from portraits of couples, friends, families and individuals in daily life and reminds us it's time to put away our cellphone and connect with our family and friends.
October 21, 2015 by Globeprime

Eric Pickersgill's Remove Photo series

All Photos by Eric Pickersgill

Photographer Eric Pickersgill first has his idea because of a 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."

Despite the benefits that smartphones and tablets contributed to our work and daily life, our addiction to digital devices gradually reveals what we lost with the advance of technology. With the digital devices removed from the photos, all the familiar scenes become sadden with what's really missing inside: not digital devices, but all the beautiful surroundings or connections with our family and friends.

Eric Pickersgill's Remove Photo series

Eric Pickersgill's Remove Photo series

Eric Pickersgill's Remove Photo series

Eric Pickersgill's Remove Photo series

Eric Pickersgill's Remove Photo series

Eric Pickersgill's Remove Photo series

Eric Pickersgill's Remove Photo series

Eric Pickersgill's Remove Photo series

Eric Pickersgill's Remove Photo series

Eric Pickersgill's Remove Photo series