Blog By Helma | 22-03-18
20 Photos That You'll Have To Look At Twice To Fully Understand
Haley Morris-Cafiero, a 37-yr-old artist from Memphis, Tennessee, who photographed the reactions of people when they look at her. This collection of photos poses a serious question: Is this how cruel the world gets to fellow human beings just because they're overweight?
Talking about the shocking result that she got, she said, "I have always been aware of people making faces, commenting and laughing at me about my size."
She admits that she often felt left out and awkward while growing up as an overweight person!
Talking about how she thought of capturing these reactions, she said, 'I decided to photograph myself sitting alone on the Times Square stairs to capture my solitude in a busy crowd.
Instead of calling her body as obese, she prefers calling it "my uncontrollable exterior"!
Look how rudely people look at her, there's always an unwanted reaction hidden in the sight of the onlookers!
People often laugh at her, make faces and often discriminate the people who're overweight, and this exists across the world!
To get the photos she set up a visible camera on a tripod and set to work carrying out mundane tasks in front of the lens, such as eating, reading, or talking on the phone.
She told a media that she has actually travelled a lot many countries to capture the reactions of people from across the world and now she has over 1000 pictures of herself doing regular tasks in the outdoors with people giving her all sorts of stares! Some of the places that she visited include New York, Barcelona, Cuzco and Chicago.
While mostly her series of pictures are very well received. One of her most favourite comments read, "One of the most compelling, telling series of photographs about human nature and 'what people think of us behind our back' that I have seen. What courage...brava!
Talking about the criticism of the work, she said, "The only criticism that I've gotten is that I'm being arrogant to think that people think anything about me"
She has studied art at the University of Arizona and photography at the University of North Florida and currently, she is the head of the photography department at Memphis College of Art and is one of twenty artists represented by the A.I.R. Gallery in New York.
According to a report by WHO, one in ten people are obese across the world, yet the fat shaming and the stigma attached to obesity remains. People who are overweight are often looked down upon, mocked at and are often discriminated!
This series of pictures called "Wait Watchers" is basically a social experiment to record the reactions of people from different parts of the world when they see an overweight person.
And the result is shocking to the say the least. Where have we left the compassion and kindness for the fellow beings? How did we got so driven towards the illusionary rage that we forgot to respect the feelings of the fellow human beings?
Finally, talking about the intention behind this project, Morris-Cafiero said, "I don’t do it out of anger. I consider it a social experiment. It’s not a ‘gotcha!’ kind of sensationalism. But it is taking the camera and reversing the gaze of the stranger back on to them. I think it’s a barometer of society, really!"