You are probably reading this article on a smartphone and if so, these photos might be more crucial to take on board.
Photographer Eric Pickersgill has created a series of photos called “Removed” in which he highlights how strange the pose of ‘head down looking the smartphone’ actually is.
It shows a symptom of modern day life whereby technology has given us so much yet also takes away some of the most important parts of a healthy, meaningful existence – being present with the people around you and truly experiencing your immediate environment.
The photos have a definite impact and should serve as a reminder to put your phone away more often, enjoy the world around you, and the ‘real life’ experiences there to be had.
Using Photoshop, Eric has edited out the devices so that we see people staring at their hands or at the empty space between their hands, seemingly unaware of the beautiful surroundings or the potential to connect with the people they are with.
It’s a great reminder that these devices and our addiction to them may be the underlying cause for how lonely and disconnected many of us feel these days.
Images by Eric Pickersgill