People who are overweight often feel left out and uncomfortable in the society. The harsh, strange looks they always get become a part of their daily lives. People judge them, pass weird comments, laugh and treat them as if they are from some other world, which is obviously very inhuman and insensitive.
Those who are struggling with their weight are used to of how the society treats them. This story is about one such lady who knew that people judge her all the time because she is overweight.
Photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero's Wait Watchersseries captures the expressions of people while looking at you in public when you are a little different from others physically. You can’t exactly tell in words what these people are thinking but their expressions are enough to guess what might be going in their minds.
Here’s the story behind this project:
“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.”
And here are a few pictures:
This is indeed a very bold way to see how the society treats you and where you fit in it. Hats off to Haley for reminding us that we are getting more heartless and numb everyday!
As individuals we need to understand that we have to give each other some space and we don’t necessarily have to judge people about the way they look. What they wear, what they eat and what they don’t… this must not be our topic of discussion among our friends and family. One needs to accept others as they are.
And here’s a bitter truth; NO ONE IS PERFECT. Today you are poking fun at someone else for no reason, tomorrow something similar can happen to you too. Remember Karma? It’s unforgiving!
Stay nice, stay safe.
For more pictures and details, please visit haleymorriscafiero.com