Photographer Eric Pickergill has created a project that highlights just how depressingly addicted the human race is to mobile devices.
Many of us will be lucky enough that we won't have to deal with serious addiction in our lifetime. We won't be able to relate to those whose lives revolve around alcohol or drugs. However, we also don't realize that almost all of us are addicted to something. The same thing. Our phones.
Addiction to our phones and mobile devices isn't viewed as being as serious as something that requires rehabilitation, and rightly so. However, the introduction and popularisation of the smartphone is having more of a negative effect on our lives than we realize. Chances are you are reading this very article on a smartphone right now.
Photographer Eric Pickergill has highlighted that addiction in an extremely unique way. His recent project, appropriately named "Removed", has been highlighted by The Powerful Mind and it's a real eye-opener. Pickergill took photos of friends after asking them to use their phones as if there wasn't a camera pointed at them. However, before snapping the pics, he removed the devices from the subjects' hands. As you can see, it makes for a much more depressing scene when there are no phones in sight.
Pickergill was inspired to create the series after witnessing a situation we have all seen. It might even be a scene you have been a part of. While sitting in a New York café, the photographer saw a family at a neighboring table, none of them interacting with each other. The father and the children were all on their phones while the mom sat there in silence staring out of the window.
Advances in technology, including the devices removed from this series of photos, have been incredibly helpful in improving our lives. However, society seems to have overlooked how much they have changed us in a negative way. Hopefully, those who see Pickergill's work will be inspired to look at their phones a little less, or to at least put them away when the opportunity for real conversation is staring us in the face.