SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — A professional conceptual artist and photographer in North Carolina, named Eric Pickersgill, released a series of pictures showing people on their electronic gadgets, but with the devices removed.
The project was titled “Removed” and it has gone viral. It is sparking a big nationwide debate over how much we use our phones and tablets. Gabe Slate caught up with the photographer behind this during a Skype video chat.
“I am surprised,” Pickersgill said. “I didn’t expect any of this to happen.”
Pickersgill’s photography project, “Removed,’ is resonating with people around the world.
“Every 4-5 minutes I get a new email from some international journalist looking to do a story on this and asking for permission for the photos,” Pickersgill said.
The images capture what people look like when they are absorbed in their mobile devices. Some are taken in homes. Some are in public.
At first, Eric set up the shots with people he knew. He had people pose, and then removed the devices.
He then moved onto asking strangers if he could photograph them as they used their devices.
“I don’t want to say that people are using their phones to much,” Pickersgill said. “It’s just obvious that they are using them more than ever. So, with any social change, I think there should be awareness of it and just be cognizant.”
Gabe asked Eric which picture was his favorite. He said they all were, but if he had to choose, he likes the one with him and his wife in bed on their devices.
He said nightly they were falling asleep like this, and one night, it helped to inspire this project.
“One night I fell asleep and woke up to the sound of my phone hitting the floor, and I woke up and saw my palm in position from holding phone,” Pickersgill said.
Project “Removed” Website: www.removed.social
Eric Pickersgill’s Instagram: https://instagram.com/ericpickersgill/