Most of us have been out with our friends and family and looked around to see everyone on their cell phones at the same time. What if the cell phones weren't in the picture? This photographer removed cell phones from a series of photos because he wanted to make a point about how much of life we are missing when we are glued to our phones. This is so POWERFUL!

 

After noticing families ignoring each other at a local restaurant, North Carolina artist Eric Pickersgill, created his photography series titled "Removed", to show how our addiction to cell phones is separating us from friends and family. After posing the people holding their phones, Eric carefully removed the phones from their hands before he snapped the picture. Each photo shows a missed opportunity where people chose to focus on their phones instead of connecting with others.

 

Have you ever experienced a time when you felt disconnected from your friends and family because everyone was on their phones?

 

A Man Removed Cell Phones from Photos: 12 Emotional Images That Hit Hard

 

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1. Instead of a sweet embrace, these newlyweds updated social media.




2. It's a beautiful day outside, but these friends spent it on the couch.

 

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3. Missing the chance to bond over sports talk while checking out the scores online.

 

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4. They got up to see the sunrise, but checked their email instead.

 

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5. Weakening their phones' battery life instead of strengthening their family life.

 

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6. He'll never know what she's overcoming in her life right now. Or how desperately she needed a friendly conversation to take her mind off of it.

 

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7. Instead of inviting friends over for board games, they play online games alone.

 

 

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8. Their son will never be this young again. If his parents aren't careful, they'll look up to see a man standing before them.

 

 

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9. Watching a video on her tablet will never replace memories of a big sister reading her favorite book to her, acting out all the character's voices.

 

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10. They may be right next to one another, but something is keeping them apart. Cell phone use could be keeping us from having real, meaningful interactions that deepen our relationships with our loved ones.

 

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11. Who else wishes they would 'accidentally' drop their phones in the water so they'd be forced to enjoy a sunny day boating together?

 

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12. Hopefully, Eric's photo series will encourage some people to put down their phones before it's too late.

 

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This photos are so heart-wrenching! Have you ever felt alone in a group of people you care about? Tell us about it in the comments below!

 

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