While creating an image for my Something to Weigh series, I decided to photograph myself sitting alone on the Times Square stairs to capture my solitude in a busy crowd. After developing the film, I noticed that a man was standing behind me being photographed by an attractive blonde woman. Rather than pose for her camera, he was sneering at me behind my back.
Five minutes later and at another location, another man turns his back to gawk at me while I am photographing myself sitting at a café table. I have always been aware of people making faces, commenting and laughing at me about my size. I now reverse the gaze and record their reactions to me while I perform mundane tasks in public spaces.—Haley Morris-Cafiero
Memphis-based photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero‘s series Wait Watchers freezes judgment in time. Cafiero sets up a tripod in various cities and walks around the area for 5-10 minutes doing casual, normal things while shooting hundreds of photos. It is only later in front of her computer screen that she will sift through the images, looking for reactions and criticism from passersby. Cafiero’s self portraits are powerful—they reveal, expose, react, question, comment.
via Beautiful Decay
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