Wait Watchers: Woman Photographs Spectators' Reactions To Overweight People
Photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero turned herself into the subject of her social experiment when she decided to photograph herself in a series of photos. Her series “Wait Watchers” captures passersby reactions of an overweight person, clearly displaying the constant judgment of which overweight people must deal with on a daily basis. Morris-Cafiero has struggled with an eating disorder in the past and currently suffers from hyperthyroidism.
“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.”
According to BoredPanda, the project started in 2010 when Morris-Cafiero was taking a self-portrait Times Square and noticed a man staring at her instead of posing for his own photo. The photographer claimed she knew the staring was coming from a place of judgment based on the length of time in which he was staring.
“I’ve heard people make comments on my weight, but I never thought I’d be able to capture that on film,” Morris-Cafiero says.
Well, the images speak for themselves. Take a look.
More info about Haley and her project can be found on her haleymorriscafiero.com.