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25th Apr 2013

“What Are You Looking At?” Photographer Captures People’s Not-So-Secret Reactions To Her Weight

Haley Morris-Cafiero has taken a series of pictures which capture the reactions of the people around her.

Have you ever wondered what other people see when they look at you? Photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero has taken a series of self-portraits which reveal the reactions of other people when they see her.

Entitled ‘Wait Watchers’ Haley’s project offers a glimpse at how we tend to view people, especially in relation to their weight.

Image via Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image via Haley Morris-Cafiero

“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,” said Haley.

“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 cafe table,” she added.

Image via Haley Morris-Cafiero

Image via Haley Morris-Cafiero

“I have always been aware of people making faces, commenting and laughing at me about my size. I now reverse he gaze and record their reactions to me while I perfom mundane tasks in public spaces,” said Haley.

“I see 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,” she added.

For more examples of Haley’s work you can visit her website by clicking here.