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 actually bullshit. Not everyone who “appears” to be looking at her is actually looking at her. And just because someone does look at her while walking past doesn’t mean they’re making weird faces and judging just because they don’t have a smile on their face. They could be looking past her, at her, at her clothes, what she’s holding, or not even paying attention to her while they are looking at her. Doing this project makes it seem more like a personal problem, that she’s insecure and feels everyone is making fun of her. I’m sure she does get looks from people, but that doesn’t mean everyone IS giving her looks. Some people are looking at her and “laughing” when in reality, they’re with their friend and probably laughing at what their friend said. I carry a bitch face everywhere I go and when I’m out and about, oh what a surprise, I look at the people around me. Just because someone looks in your direction without a smile on, doesn’t mean shit.