The photo series ”REMOVED” by Eric Pickersgill shows people in ordinary situations with their smartphone removed.
In average we look 2.5 hours a day on our smartphone’s display. Hours that we waste. A time when we stop to have a look for our environment and stop to talk to other people, friends or even family members. The photographer Eric Pickersgill created the photo series “REMOVED” and a short video-documentation that let our society have a look into a mirror. He took photos of ordinary situations and removed the smartphones from the scene.
He got the idea for his project while sitting in a café and observing a family next to him:
… I spent the mornings working at this little cafe and one morning I noticed this family eating breakfast together where they were all sharing the same physical space however they were engaging with people and content elsewhere …
To find his subjects, Eric just went out to the public and started to photograph people sitting around with others and using their phone. “People were willing to participate and they were natural at looking they were holding their phones because they do it so much”, Eric reflects his work.
The “REMOVED”-project shows how today´s society neglects it´s surroundings. How we are dependent on our smartphone. Even when we are in far away from home, we stay in contact just with our smartphone.
Interesting about the photo series is also that it shows how people split up their attention. One part to the people they are in one room with and the other half to the people who are virtual there. “REMOVED” shows how we change our whole behavior and body language just by using an electronic device.
Scenes taken by Eric show people at home, in their garden or even shortly after their wedding. It is unsettling in the way that is shows how we do not back off from using our smartphone, even in moments of closeness with our beloved one´s.
In addition to the photo series Eric Pickersgill created a short video-documentation, which shows how the “REMOVED”-project developed: