With all the body positivity claims and social campaigns, there are still people that overreact to overweight. Photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero started her series of “Wait Watchers” after her first experiment of taking photos of herself in the places where she felt more uncomfortable and noticing the judging reaction of the passers. Hearing comments on your body, weight, or looks, in general, is one thing, another thing is actually seeing them and catching on film. Haley used her camera with a tripod to take self-portraits in the most ordinary places doing the most ordinary thing like posing while eating ice cream, talking on the phone, sitting in a cafe, or just standing and walking.
Although the reactions of strangers were so judging there were still lots of people supporting Haley after she published her series. Most of them were encouraging the photographer to start exercising, taking good care of her body, hydrating, and trying to put a little makeup on. For her further series, Haley did what exactly her supporters suggested but still, reactions didn’t change.
The photographer explains that she doesn’t do this out of anger and this does not make her feel any less worthy or self-conscious about her body. This project is just a social experiment, a barometer of society.
Our team at Modern Mood thinks that these gazes of strangers don’t necessarily mean judging silently the overweight. Maybe special things attracted the strangers’ attention like the camera, the photographer’s unexpected self-portraits, etc. well, at least we do hope that one of the main reasons for these gazes is the unexpected set up of the camera or else it would be beyond sad to live in a society that throws judging and mocking looks at someone just because of their weight.
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