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Remove Phones And Re-Move Towards Your Relationships

  • JWB Post
  •  October 16, 2015

 

Define a mobile phone.

It is an invention of technology that effectually splits a person’s attention between those who are physically with him/her and those who aren’t.

In this deeply saddening effect of our dear indispensable mobile phones, photographer Eric Pickersgill found inspiration for his project ‘Removed’.

“The work began as I sat in a café’ one morning. This is what I wrote about my observation:
Family sitting next to me at Illium café 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.”

‘Removed’ is a series of photographs which shows common people going about their lives in their habitual way, and the way mobile phones have diffused poignantly in this routine. Eric has portrayed this in a heart-wrenching manner in the series by physically removing the mobile from the subject’s hand and then capturing the setting.wendy_brian_kids_670
“The image of that family, the mother’s face, the teenage girls’ and their father’s posture and focus on the palm of their own hands has been burned in my mind. It was one of those moments where you see something so amazingly common that it startles you into consciousness of what’s actually happening and it is impossible to forget. I see this family at the grocery store, in classrooms, on the side of the highway and in my own bed as I fall asleep next to my wife. We rest back to back on our sides coddling our small, cold, illuminated devices every night.”

– As quoted from Eric’s website.

What impact are our digital devices causing on our relationships? Is that how a ‘just married’ couple should be? Close to the world but away from each other?michelle_and_jimmy_670debbie_kevin_670

Are we really together?

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Is that how we spend a fun day WITH cousins/friends?

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Family activity?

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David_Rebecca_670Cara_after_thanksgiving_670Is that the ideal ‘quality time’?
court_sarah_couch_670 cody_and_erica_670Distant smiles?
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