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Photographer Removes Smartphones From His Photos To Show How Terribly Addicted We’ve Become

American photographer Eric Pickersgill removed the smartphones and digital devices from his portraits of everyday life.

The project “Removed” aims to show our addiction to technology and hyper-connectivity, and Pickersgill knows that he’s also amongst the addicted.

The project inspiration came from a chance encounter in a NYC cafe.

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“Family sitting next to me at Illium café in Troy, NY is so disconnected from one another,” Pickersgill writes in his notes from that day. “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.”

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He achieved the surreal effect in his photos by asking strangers and friends to remain in position, removing their cellphones, and then taking the shot.