The ‘removed’ series by photographer Eric Pickersgill is the perfect depiction of how technology has driven us apart. He removed smartphones from his photograph to show our extreme obsession with our smartphones and the damage they’re doing to our relationships. He got this idea while sitting in Illium Cafe & Bistro, Troy, New York one morning, observing a family together.
“Family sitting next to me at Illium Cafe 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.”