American photographer Eric Pickersgill took out the cell phones and other electronic gadgets from his photographs of daily life. The series “Removed” hopes to demonstrate our dependence to technology and the Internet, and Pickersgill recognizes that he’s as well one of the addicted.
Pickersgill was motivated by an occasional experience in a New York coffee shop. “Family sitting close to me at Illium café in Troy, NY is so detached from one another. Not a lot of talking. Dad and two girls have their own cell phones out. The mother doesn’t have one or opts to put it away. She stares out the window, unhappy and lonely in the company of her closest family. The father looks up occasionally to mention some obscure fact he found online.”