Woman Photographs Herself Receiving Strange Looks in Public
“I now reverse the gaze and record their reactions to me while I perform mundane tasks in public spaces. I seek out spaces that are visually interesting and geographically diverse. I try to place myself in compositions that contain feminine icons or advertisements. Otherwise, I position myself and the camera in a pool of people…and wait.
The images capture the gazer in a microsecond moment where they, for unknowable reasons, have a look on their face that questions my presence. Whether they are questioning my position in front of the lens or questioning my body size, the gazer appears to be visually troubled that I am in front of them.”
Photographer: Haley Morris-Cafiero
Project: Wait Watchers
Thought this was actually really cool and I’d share it with you guys! Takes a lot to get up there and do something like this. Love it!
this is such a fucking important project to me because i am constantly stared at in public in a negative way and turned into some disgusting object for the amusement of others and this is a peaceful way to confront those people
turning the spectators into the spectacle
The sad part is, the people giving her the stink-eye are all women, or at least they are in this photoset. What does that say about how we perceive each other and how we treat each other based on looks?
As a larger woman myself, I can vouch for these looks, but there’s another side to this coin: beautiful women get the same looks from other women. My niece is only 14 and happens to be pretty and all she has to do is walk into some place public and every girl will give her a dirty look. Just because she’s pretty and she dares to exist. I’ve seen it myself and it was startling. I took her to D.C. with me and I couldn’t count the girls who just glared at her with actual hatred in their eyes—and she did absolutely nothing to warrant it, other than walk by minding her own business.
We’re so conditioned by the media to hate anything that’s not conventionally beautiful, but we’re also so incredibly bitter about the “ideal” they’re pushing onto us that we instinctively hate anyone we see as fitting that ideal. It all feeds back into self-hatred and body negativity and I wish we could just accept people for who they are, rather than what we think they should be.