Hannah Price made a major move from Colorado to a more urban-Philadelphia and immediately noticed that she received catcalls a lot more frequently than she ever had before. As a photographer, Hannah decided to turn her lens on these men and create a beautiful project centered around the men who used her as the object of their desire. “I used my life to make an art project,” Hannah boldly stated. NPR is reporting that Price’s process went like this: Someone — a man — would catcall her, and she would either snap their photo at that instant or she would ask to make their portrait.
Hannah’s project has been criticized as an unfair display of her “harassers,” but that’s not the point behind Hannah’s art. “I don’t look down on these men. I understand that I’m different and my morals are different, but the photography is a chance for us to have a relationship in another way that might not be sexual interest.”
With Mexican and Black roots, Hannah’s mostly interested in photographing the men who’s race overlaps her own, so the subjects of these photos are often men of color. This fact ruffles the feathers of critics as well, and perhaps there’s a deeper conversation here about the predatory nature of men of color, but I will leave that for someone else to nitpick because I find this exhibit curiously beautiful.
Women have to endure being catcalled all day, everyday and while many times it’s a self-esteem boost, there are times where it comes a bit harassing. So I can see how critics would feel that Hannah’s photographs put these men on blast. But Hannah’s intention is to create a relationship between her and her catcaller that reverses the power.
“It’s definitely reversing the power of the male gaze and bringing a gaze on them and their actions, giving me all the power. The initial act is the physical appearance of myself, so I’m turning the camera on them and reversing the whole situation. I don’t think it makes them rethink their catcalling.”
The beauty behind this project is the space to interpret these photos however the viewer chooses. Some men’s eyes are still locked on Hannah, while others look away, smile, scowl, etc. Dreaming up the scenarios surrounding the still shot is what makes this exhibit exhilarating to me.
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