Joel Pares, a U.S. Marine who is now a photographer, is the creator behind a photo series that portrays the ugly prejudices that society, and ourselves as individuals, have harbored (one way or another) against people that are seen as “different.”

“Many of us judge incorrectly by someone’s ethnicity, by their profession and by their sexual interest,” Pares said. “The purpose of this series is to open our eyes and make us think twice before judging someone, because we all judge even if we try not to.”

Pares’ images at first show us the characters symbolic of the prejudices suffered by various groups based on specific traits such as their ethnicity, socioeconomic status, race, career or sexual preference. Then, the image paired with that shows us the real people behind these very falsified expectations; the Asian who is thought to be a nail technician turns out instead to be a Stanford Graduate student and a Latino male expected to be nothing more than a gang member is actually a world famous painter.

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Famous Painter – Alexander Huffman

JOEL PARES FAMOUS PAINTER

Family Outreach Program Founder – Ben Alvarez

JOEL PARES FOUNDER OF FAM OUTREACH

iPhone App Inventor Worth Millions – Joseph Messer

JOEL PARES IPHONE APP INVENTOR

Widowed Mother of 3 – Jane Nguyen

JOEL PARES WIDOWED MOTHER

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Iraq Combat Veteran – Jacob Williams

JOEL PARES IRAQ VET

Stanford Graduate School Student – Sammie Lee

JOEL PARES STANFORD GRAD

CEO of a Fortune 500 Company – Edgar Gonzalez

JOEL PARES FORTUNE 500

Pastor/Missionary – Jack Johnson

JOEL PARES PASTOR

New York City Nurse – Sahar Shaleem

JOEL PARES NYC NURSE

Harvard Graduate – Jefferson Moon

JOEL PARES HARVARD GRAD

Images via Joel Pares

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Will you think twice before you judge?

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