Haley Morris-Cafiero

I typed into Google Female Documentary Photographers just to see what I would get. To try and discover a photographer I may not have come across yet and that’s how I found Haley Morris-Cafiero.

Haley is an American photographer.  Nine years ago she was in Times Square taking self portraits.  Her aim was to be lost in the It all started eight years ago when Haley Morris-Cafiero was taking self-portraits in Times Square, lost in the crowd of the area.

After developing her film she found that she was not lost at all, in fact other people around her were noticing her and not with smiles on their faces. She saw someone who was looking at her with a glare. Another photo showed people laughing at her. She decided that it was to do with being over weight.

Haley then changed her project to taking her self portrait and judging how the people around her reacted to her.  She started doing normal things such as eating, sitting around etc to judge this.

Huff Post and the Daily Mail covered her stories. She had seen people being downright rude just because she is fat. It also showed that these judgements were not from just one part of society, they were from the young and old. And was not limited to any social standing.

Her body of work, Wait Watchers (or just Watchers) was published in 2015 “Wait Watchers” (published as a monograph, “Watchers,” in 2015 by the Magenta Foundation.

 

After developing her film she found that she was not lost at all, in fact other people around her were noticing her and not with smiles on their faces. She saw someone who was looking at her with a glare. Another photo showed people laughing at her. She decided that it was to do with being over weight.

I am glad that I came across this project.  I think it is a brilliant thing to document.  People are so cruel whether it be weight, colour, disability, sexual orientation. Why are we so judgemental of anything we perceive to be different? The quote below from J K Rowling sums up how I feel about being fat as well as anything other differences we can be judged on.

When Watching was published, Haley then started to get some very negative comments about her body online.

Haley found this amusing and inspiring. She decided to take these comments and turn them into a project.

She said “I resolved the challenge in early 2018 when I realised that an image cannot be removed from the internet, and if it includes text in the image then it could not be deleted,” she says. “I decided to costume myself like the photos of my bullies that I found on their public profiles. I then inserted their bullying comment into the photograph.”

So The Bully Pulpit was born. Her project focused on their comments and took away the focus from Haley’s stature.

I take my hat off to his lady for taking a very negative situation and turning the tables. I like the way she has presented the comments as clothing or when taking a picture of herself.