In 2017, technology is practically everywhere. Nearly everyone carries their very own personal computer in their pockets at all times-smart phones.
Need an answer to an itching question? Need a ride? Need a friend? No matter it is you crave-even attention, our smartphones offer an app, a website, or a simple text to your aid.
From our schools, to our day to day moves there is almost no place that cell phones and tablets don’t exist.
It’s not just millennials and our young kids either. Older generations have upped their screen time too!
Eric Pickersgill is just as guilty as the rest of us yet this photographer felt inspired to create a project showing just how engrossed we are with our cell phones after observing a family out eating at a 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. 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.”
Thus, “Removed” was born.
“Removed” is Pickersgill’s collection of photos that depict everyday life events and occasions with the electronic devices removed.
What makes the project so poignant is that we can all see ourselves in these scenarios and probably don’t realize how consumed we are with our phones and tablets, but seeing “Removed” really hits the point home.