Haunting Photo Series Shows What We Look Like Without Our Cell Phones
There’s no denying that cell phones affect just about every aspect of our lives these days. It’s not that they necessarily have to either. People have turned to phones for a continuous flow of cheap thrills and easy browsing. Some would say that we are addicted to our phones to the point where the personal interactions and family have fallen by the wayside.
Photographer Eric Pickersgill has attempted to demonstrate our newfound obsession with mobile devices in a powerful photo series called Removed. Merely by removing the phone or tablet from a scene, you can see how odd life really appears from the outside. If someone were to travel from even 30 years in the past to current day, it would appear as if expressionless zombies have taken over our world.
In the project statement from Eric’s website, he says, “Despite the obvious benefits that these advances in technology have contributed to society, the social and physical implications are slowly revealing themselves.”
A conversation between strangers that may have happened will probably never happen with mobile devices in our clutch.
Eric explains, “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.”