“Hey fat girl, come here are ya ticklish?”-Humpty Hump
An obese woman has captured the cruel looks and stares she attracts in public by photographing herself in different social settings.
Haley Morris-Cafiero, 37, an artist from Memphis, Tennessee, is seen sitting in restaurants, out shopping and strolling around bustling tourist attractions such as Times Square while curious passers-by are captured in the background.
Talking about the revealing collection of images she writes on her website: ‘I have always been aware of people making faces, commenting and laughing at me about my size.’
She admits that her weight has been a constant battle and growing up she often felt ‘left out and awkward’.
Instead of talking about her body she refers to ‘my uncontrollable exterior’.
Haley also explained what her inspiration was for beginning such a difficult project
‘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 cafe table.’
To get the photos she set up a visible camera on a tripod and set to work carrying out mundane tasks in front of the lens, such as eating, reading, or talking on the phone.
She said that she has taken thousands of images of herself since starting the social experiment in 2010.
To ‘guarantee the most diverse pool of strangers’ she visited destinations all over the world including New York. Barcelona, Cuzco and Chicago.
Wow, we gotta say, this is pretty brave. Not many people with self-esteem issues would put themselves out there like that for scrutiny.
Hit the flipper to see some of Haley’s sad photographs.
Images via Haley Morris-Cafiero