Woman Photographs Herself Receiving Strange Looks in Public

In a complicated twist of mild voyeurism and exhibitionism, this woman makes what I consider art, in the form of capturing others responses to her presence in front of a tripod and camera. Photographer Haley Morris-Cafiero explains, “I now reverse the gaze and record their reactions to me while I perform mundane tasks in public spaces.” Legally, it is not a problem to take pictures of strangers without permission as long as the images are not for commercial use, so the artist does no crime legally. What some have argued though is that she is insinuating that the others around her are bad people, when it may not actually be the case. Being charged by individuals for slander and manipulated images, I find it disheartening that the act of observation and recording is under attack. Maybe the images she takes are influenced, the presence of a camera is obvious, yet I would defend her art from social criminalizing because, particularly with the image of the cop, happening like this need to be reflected on.

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