Over the years, technology has become a part of our daily lives and most of us can’t even imagine how our lives could be if all the tech products we rely on gets wiped out of existence one fine day. While using smartphones and other smart gadgets for getting things done seems more healthy, people often tend to get addicted to them and forget their surroundings which is exactly what a US-based photographer tries to portray in his new series.
Eric Pickersgill has created a new series named “Removed” showcasing how we look while we use smartphones. To emphasize this concept, he asked his models to use their smartphones as they normally do and clicked pictures after removing phones from each model.
In doing so, his models ended up staring at their hands passionately. In some images in the series, it depicts how disconnected we truly are despite having all the technologies like never before to stay in touch with our loved ones. The results turned out to be quite thought-provoking and to be honest, the series will leave you with a sense of guilt.
“The making of the photograph operates as a way of disrupting the isolation I feel from strangers who barricade themselves behind their technology. This exchange creates new relationships while also asking the viewer to question their own device habits. I am excited by the way the viewer fills in the device at first look. It is as if the device has become one with the body and can be seen when not present.”, says the photographer.
It is worth noting that the photographer has also made a series covering images taken from Vietnam, Myanmar, Singapore, and Indonesia which you can check out here. Moreover, a series based on locations across India covering Delhi, Mumbai, Rishikesh, Shillong, and Kolkata is also on the way.
Take a look at few of the images in the series below and let us know your thoughts on it in the comments.
Check out the “Removed” showcase of photographs here.