American photographer Eric Pickersgill’s thought-provoking photo series serves as a reminder to put your devices away.
Eric removed the smartphones and digital devices from his portraits of everyday life. The project “Removed” aims to show what we lose when we’re more connected to our phones than to each other
The photographer was inspired by a chance encounter in a New York cafe. “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.”
Eric received a Master of Fine Arts degree at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 and is a current Visiting Lecturer. He was born in Homestead, Florida in 1986 and spent his teenage years in Charlotte, North Carolina. Eric received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a concentration in photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2011.
To learn more about his work, be sure to visit his website