Thursday, October 15, 2015

Photographer Comments on Our Phone Addicted Society through Captivating Portraits (13 pics)

Eric Pickersgill took portraits of people in everyday life and then removed the smartphones and digital devices to show how disconnected we have become as a society. The project entitled, “Removed” is an insightful look into how technology has changed the way we interact with one another.

The project inspiration came from a chance encounter in a NYC cafe
“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”

“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”

“Not much talking. Father and two daughters have their own phones out”

“Family sitting next to me at Illium cafĂ© in Troy, NY [was] so disconnected from one another”

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