The Observer , 2023
72 x 40 x 1 in (h x w x d)
2000 USD
Digital
sold

As mentioned in previous posts, I've noticed that staring at people you don't know is quite common here in Florence. I've heard all the excuses, from people being admirers to having generational trauma from invasions over the span of centuries, but none of it seems to make any sense. It just feels awkward and rude, to be honest.

Sometimes, when I'm feeling spicy, I'll take out my phone and either film or take a photo of the person who won't break eye contact with me. Instead of being observed, holding a camera of any kind turns you into an observer. It's a not-so-subtle way to make them aware that they're being watched and that their behavior isn't appropriate.

I'm still learning to navigate this city and its people, but I'm trying not to allow sh*t behavior to trigger a PTSD response. While it doesn't always work out, I'm still doing my best to be comfortable here and not let other people's intrusive gazes make me uncomfortable. It's a journey, for sure.

In short, the act of observing and being observed is a complex and multi-layered phenomenon that goes beyond simply staring at someone. Environmental triggers and past experiences definitely affect how we perceive and react to these situations. Still, it's also important to consider the psychological and sociological factors at play. Studies have shown that prolonged eye contact can increase feelings of discomfort and even aggression, while being the target of unwanted attention can lead to feelings of fear, anxiety, anger, or paranoia. Instead of diving into a lecture or engaging otherwise, whipping out a smartphone and documenting it sure seems to help correct the rude behavior in real-time.

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