GRANT GILL // Wait Watchers

Wait Watchers

For my series, Wait Watchers, I set up a camera in a public area and photograph the scene as I perform mundane tasks while strangers pass by me. I then examine the images to see if any of the passersby had a critical or questioning element in their face or body language. I consider my photographs a social experiment and I reverse the gaze back on to the stranger and place the viewer in the position of being a passive witness to a moment in time.

I place the camera on a tripod and take hundreds of photographs. The resulting images capture the gazer in a Cartier-Bresson, microsecond moment where the shutter, the scene, my actions and their body language align and are frozen on the frame. While I do not know what they are thinking, the gazer appears to be visually troubled by my presence.