Smartphones began gaining steam in 2007, and have quickly become a ubiquitous aspect of life. Kids playing on tablets at the grocery store; couples glued to their phones at restaurants; commuters focused on their devices on the train. It's almost hard to imagine what life was like before smart devices.
But one photographer started to try. One night, while browsing on his phone in bed, Eric Pickersgill began dozing in and out. He awoke to the sound of his phone hitting the floor, but what got his attention was the way his hand kept the shape it was in while holding the phone. This moment - along with many others leading up to this one - inspired him to start his photography project "Removed."
If looking at these photographs feels both eerie and familiar, that's because they were meant to. Pickersgill stated in an email that, "the device being removed also means that the person in the photograph must perform this gesture. They know what the photograph is about and are willing to work with me to make this art."
Below is a sample of "Removed" along with a video Pickersgill put together about his project. To see the full gallery, visit his website.