8 minutes ago
This photo was very serendipitous and was immediately a favorite. It's incredibly symbolic to me for a number of reasons. There were two old televisions playing video content which included women/people of color being interviewed, and these T.V's stood alone on the wall they were placed against. On the wall opposite them, there were some gallery features of photographs by the same artist. When I saw the T.V's I thought it might make an interesting photo, especially being that no one was watching them/listening to the headsets that came with them. As I was preparing to take a photo, a middle-aged white woman got in the shot, looked at me trying to take a photo, and didn't care. I didn't think too much of this since it happens often and people are either thoughtless or indifferent to my standing somewhere waiting to take a photo. I set up the shot as I had planned and waited, poised, to take the photo after she was done. Yet, when I had the shot setup and was looking at her interact with the exhibit on the viewfinder of my camera, I noticed she wasn't even paying attention to the exhibit, to the women of color who were telling their stories. She was listening, but not hearing. She was distracted and looking around, even though three out of the four walls in the room were blank, including the one she is looking at in this photo. Even when these women of color were one of the only things to devote one's attention to in the exhibit/ room, she still couldn't even give them that. To me, this photo represents all of the people who claim they are allies or claim they understand the struggles of POC, but don't make the effort to really hear them.