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Our phones can be our lifeline. They can give us directions, they can find us people to date and/or have intercourse with, and they can tell us what song is playing in this Denny’s right now. But they can also be a barrier to in-person, human-to-human contact. Some say we rely too much on technology, while others say this is just the way things are going. To borrow a quote from the 2001 film Antitrust starring Ryan Philippe and Rachel Leigh Cook, “This business is binary, you’re a one or a zero. Alive or dead.” While we catch up with technology that’s ever-changing and every-improving, are we stopping to think about the kind of control these miniaturized computers or “lifelines” have on us? If you haven’t, you might now.

Photographer Eric Pickersgill has created images that show us, in everyday situations. The catch is, he’s removed smart phones and tablets from the pictures. “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,” Pickersgill writes. “Despite the obvious benefits that these advances in technology have contributed to society, the social and physical implications are slowly revealing themselves.” Once you look at these photos, you won’t see smart technology the same way again: