To show how disconnect we are from our social lives, photographer Eric Pickersgill has released a series of photographs from everyday life with an adjustment: Removing all electronic devices!
The project titled Removed, was initiated and inspired by an observation he made while sitting in a local café:
“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.”
Below are some of the photos that Eric has posted on his website:
For all of those who are part of problem, this project is a reminder so that we can be conscious of our electronic dependence and usage. We all should make an effort to slowly replace our digitally connected life with physical presence.