But where the anonymous photographer behind We Never Look Up focused on anyone and everyone with their eyes glued to that little screen, Romero’s series is all about highlighting the digital wall that smartphones have created between people often sitting so close to each other they’re touching.
Heads lean on shoulders on the subway, diners sit at the same table in a restaurant, couples sit on park benches, but none of them are looking at or interacting with each other. It’s all about their phones.
“I started to photograph people in company on their phones as there was a certain symmetry to them and it appealed on a visual level,” writes Romero on Bored Panda, “but as I continued I noticed an inherent sadness to the proceedings.”
That sadness is why he calls the series The Death of Conversation, and the true subject of each photograph below:
(via Lost at E Minor)
Image credits: Photographs by Babycakes Romero and used with permission