Morris-Cafiero is the gal siting down in front of the guy looking down on her. She’s captured him in an art project that explores how others feel about her large body shape. Notice that the guy is making a face at her while his friend takes a picture of him?
Her photo project is based on the notion that society is obsessed with thinness, which makes life hard for larger people, especially women.
Her photo series is called Wait Watchers, they are snapped in public settings, alongside people who don’t realize they’re on camera. People are seen in the background laughing or giving her strange looks.
She not obvious about taking her photos, so others aren’t aware of it. She uses a self-timing camera, and when the shot is set up, she goes about normally, like “talking on the phone or seeming to wait for someone.”
Behind Morris-Cafiero, it becomes obvious in her photos that passersby really do notice her, but the question is why?
What could the young gal behind her be thinking as she take a side glance at Morris-Cafiero walking alongside the shoreline?
Does this woman glancing at Morris-Cafiero have a reactionary look of disapproval?
This woman appears to be glancing at Morris-Cafiero’s feet, did she look at her from head to toe? Is Morris-Cafiero’s appearance being appraised?
Morris-Cafiero became aware in her photos that others were fixated on her. At first the awareness was an accident but she began to notice the phenomenon happened in her other photos as well.
Instead of retreating from the public eye, Morris-Cafiero “decided to meet it head to head “. She hopes her photo project makes “people aware of the issues of body image, and the shaming of larger people”.