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Photo Series Shows Life With Smartphones and Tablets Edited Out

Are you reading this on a handheld device? There’s a good chance you are. Now imagine how’d you look if that device suddenly disappeared. Lonely? Slightly crazy? Perhaps next to a person being ignored? As we are sucked in ever more by the screens we carry around, even in the company of friends and family, the hunched pose of the phone-absorbed seems increasingly normal.

US photographer Eric Pickersgill has created “Removed,” a series of photos to remind us of how strange that pose actually is. In each portrait, electronic devices have been “edited out” (removed before the photo was taken, from people who’d been using them) so that people stare at their hands, or the empty space between their hands, often ignoring beautiful surroundings or opportunities for human connection. The results are a bit sad and eerie—and a reminder, perhaps, to put our phones away.


  • The boy in the photo I pasted above resembles how people from remote cultures usually look at the camera when being photographed for the first time.
  • His site (in case the link in the text block in the post doesn't show up on some browsers):

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    This gallery is probably the best evidence to date as to how cell phones are enslaving people. The photos don't even make sense anymore with the "devices" removed, and illustrate how people's very lives are crippled by these things.
    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • We are no longer engaging with others or looking at the world around us.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

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