This body of work entitled Removed by Eric Pickersgill seems particularly relevant now with hundreds of millions of people at home or in isolation across the globe searching for some kind of connection.⁠

From the archives: “These large format portraits are of individuals who appear to be holding personal devices although the devices have been physically removed from the sitter’s hand. They are asked to hold their stare and posture as I remove their device and then I make the exposure. The photographs represent reenactments of scenes that I experience daily. We have learned to read the expression of the body while someone is consuming a device and when those signifiers are activated it is as if the device can be seen taking physical form without the object being present.” – Erick Pickersgill, artist featured in Future Tense, an exhibition highlighting CENTER photographers curated by Traci Quinn and Stefan Jennings Batista.