The Talker: Seeing how we see others

The Talker: Seeing how we see others

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

What do we look like when we look at other people? A photographer stumbled upon the answer and sparked a conversation about what it means.

Haley Morris-Cafiero was taking photos that explored how her body-type affects her place in society. At first, the focus was on her until something happened in Times Square of New York City.

While looking back on her photos, Cafiero noticed people in the background looking at her. In one instance, a man who should be smiling for his own photograph seemed to have a sarcastic smile while looking at Cafiero. In another, a different man was taking a not-so-subtle look.

From then on, Cafiero took all her photos in crowded places and wanted to see what other reactions she'd get. She named the collection "Wait Watchers," since she set up her camera and waited to get shots of people watching her.

She also feels her weight factors in. Cafiero says she's always known people laugh or comment about her size. She says she thinks the photos confirm a lot or people's fears about how they are perceived, but the reactions are also open to interpretation.

Some of her photos show people looking, laughing, and even a woman seeming to look on approvingly as she eats ice cream.

Cafiero took most of the photos using a camera on a tripod with a self-timer.

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