What Does FOBO Actually Look Like?

Photographer Eric Pickersgill has created a series of photographs titled “Removed” where he has photoshopped out the phone.

This concept was inspired by his experience at a restaurant

Family sitting next to me at Ilium 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. Dad looks up every so often to announce some obscure piece of info he found online. Twice he goes on about a large fish that was caught. No one replies. I am saddened by the use of technology for interaction in exchange for not interacting. This has never happened before and I doubt we have scratched the surface of the social impact of this new experience. Mom has her phone out now.

Pickergill explains the significance behind the photos and what they really mean. FOBO taking over and disconnecting us from everyone around us.

The joining of people to devices has been rapid and unalterable. The application of the personal device in daily life has made tasks take less time. Far away places and people feel closer than ever before. Despite the obvious benefits that these advances in technology have contributed to society, the social and physical implications are slowly revealing themselves. In similar ways that photography transformed the lived experience into the photographable, performable, and reproducible experience, personal devices are shifting behaviors while simultaneously blending into the landscape by taking form as being one with the body. This phantom limb is used as a way of signaling busyness and unapproachability to strangers while existing as an addictive force that promotes the splitting of attention between those who are physically with you and those who are not.

Check the gallery to see the photograph series:

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To see more – http://ericpickersgill.com/Removed

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2 thoughts on “What Does FOBO Actually Look Like?

  1. tayladavis1 says:

    That’s clever! My friends and I have made a rule that we can’t take out our phones while we’re out at lunch or dinner. It makes you think how much you rely on being on your phone, yet there’s also nothing that important to be on your phone for, it just makes you feel like you’re doing something. I think people are starting to realise this but it’s become a habit for a lot of us.

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    • brittanyhannah94 says:

      Such a smart idea!! More people should make small restrictions to help them disconnect even for a couple of hours. It is really more people are becoming more aware. You will never be able to completely stop it but awareness and small steps is what counts.


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