In 2010 Morris-Cafiero was taking a number of self-portraits in different tourist spots, including Times Square in New York City. However, one image in particular spurred her on to kick-start a personal project, which would span the next six years of her life. She called it “Wait Watchers.”
Wait Watchers was an unflinching photo series capturing members of the public reacting to Morris-Cafiero’s plus-sized body. The artist traveled around the world with her camera, visiting places such as Peru, Paris, Panama, Berlin and Prague, as she looked to gather a diverse collection of responses.
“Whatever it is that I’m doing, I want to make sure that it fits the scene, so it’s not like, ‘Of course they’re staring at you because you’re naked in the middle of the street,’” Morris-Cafiero told The Cut of her project in November 2014. “I don’t wear costumes – I’m just wearing what I would wear that day. It’s genuinely me going out in the world, and just taking a moment to take some shots.”