Photographer Removes Phones From Photos To Reveal How Overly Hooked We’ve Become

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Pew Research Center made a recent study which clearly shows 65% of American adults use social networking websites, a number that is quite alarming and has ascended constantly from 7% in 2005 since their research started. This digital widespread has become rampant that it is now a normal occurrence to see somebody looking  at their phone without even glancing to a person  who will pass by them in public places. People are getting overly hooked with their digital friend than with humans.

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Photographer Eric Pickersgill has clearly identified these recurring issue as something serious that it has to be seen by everyone. He has released a series of random photos of normal day to day  activities of people while holding their electronic gadgets. He only made a little photoshop on them removing their devices out of the pictures.

He entitled this project as Removed, which was made and motivated by simply watching intently on people, one day while he is seated in a local 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.”

What Eric has observed is not unusual or something odd or peculiar. Those are just normal happenings everyday that we can also see everywhere, and at some point, we indeed are guilty. Below are just some of Eric’s photographs that he has posted on his website:

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Photo by Eric Pickersgill. VIEW FULL PROJECT

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Photo by Eric Pickersgill. VIEW FULL PROJECT

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Photo by Eric Pickersgill. VIEW FULL PROJECT

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Photo by Eric Pickersgill. VIEW FULL PROJECT

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Photo by Eric Pickersgill. VIEW FULL PROJECT

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Photo by Eric Pickersgill. VIEW FULL PROJECT

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Photo by Eric Pickersgill. VIEW FULL PROJECT

Source: collective-evolution