The Photographer Wanted To Show Us How People React To Overweight People
Part performer, part artist, part provocateur, part spectator, Haley Morris-Cafiero explores the act of reflection in her photography. In 2010 Haley was taking a self-portrait on some steps in Times Square and after that she noticed that a man behind her was staring at her instead of posing for his own picture. As he did it for a while, for Haley it was obvious that that man was indeed judging her. “I’ve heard people make comments on my weight, but I never thought I’d be able to capture that on film,” Morris-Cafiero further explained her wish to further explore situations like that. After that occurrence the photographer decided to make a social experiment “Wait Watchers” - it is a series of photos collected into one book that capture how passers-by react to overweight people they see on the street. When Haley decided to start this project (which actually made her feel uncomfortable), she didn’t expect to come up with another project that earned her a world-wide fame. Haley Morris-Cafiero, who struggled with eating disorders in the past and suffers from Hypothyroidism, claims that it doesn't matter what people think of her and this project is not made to make anyone feel bad. “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.” After the “Wait Watchers”, Morris-Cafiero’s decided to start new project, and the inspiration for the new project "The Bully Pulpit" was the myriad of people who wrote mean-spirited comments about her after Wait Watchers was published in emails, tweets, Instagram posts, blogs and online comments sections. But instead of responding individually to ‘deaf ears’, Morris- Cafiero realized that a parody on social media, online articles, and blogs—the same vehicles for her own potential hurt— would be seen by millions, and would live again, again, and again. What do you think about this project? Scroll down to see the pictures!