Anderson photographed men who called to her or whistled her on the street. In her artist statement she writes about one experience,
“As I walked along Houston Street with my fully automated Nikon. I felt armed, ready. I passed a man who muttered ‘Wanna fuck?’ This was standard technique: the female passes and the male strikes at the last possible moment forcing the woman to backtrack if she should dare to object. I wheeled around, furious. ‘Did you say that?’ He looked around surprised, then defiant ‘Yeah, so what the fuck if I did?’ I raised my Nikon, took aim began to focus. His eyes darted back and forth, an undercover cop? CLICK.”
Anderson takes the power from her male pursuers, allowing them nothing more than the momentary fear that their depravity has just been captured in a picture.
Apparently women in Egypt have been employing a similar technique, using camera phones to capture street harassers, then posting their picture in public places calling out the men for their actions.
These photographs are from Caitlin Cook’s series It Takes a Lot of Love to Make the Hurt Feel Good. Caitlin is my comrade from college, we’re both photographers and Chicago transplants. Enjoy these silver gelatin prints from the Kenyon and Oberlin College rugby teams, circa 2010.
For the month of November, I will be posting work of friends and fellow photographers.
Today’s featured photographer is Sarah Schulz, from her documentary series of the Roller Dolls in Mount Vernon, Ohio. Check out her website for more.
ahhh that top one though!