Can You Spot What This Photographer Creatively Removed From These Images?

A digital wake up call.

North Carolina-based photographer Eric Pickersgill noticed that people in a cafe were using their smartphones instead of interacting with each other, so he created a photo series, called Removed, in which he shows people engaging their mobile devices without the actual devices there.

"These photographs are existing in peoples lives as a way to make them pay attention to this social shift," Pickersgill told A Plus in an email. "I'm not attempting to tell others what to do with their time, I'm just hopefully offering up a moment of realization much like the one that I experienced in the cafe' at the onset of the project."

Here are 25 creative photos that shed a new light on our everyday addiction to modern technology:

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(H/T: Notable)