This is a very clever photography project from photographer, Haley Morris-Cafiero where she reverses the gaze by doing self-portraits in public that manage to catch the faces strangers are making behind her back in response to her fat body.
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.
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 café table.
I have always been aware of people making faces, commenting and laughing at me about my size. 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.
As I discovered a while ago, one of the greatest things you will ever do for your own self-esteem is to stop thinking everyone’s body is your business. And god knows, you will be helping to make the world a more pleasant place while you’re at it.
Link via @jevoislafemme