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.
Famous Painter – Alexander Huffman
Family Outreach Program Founder – Ben Alvarez
iPhone App Inventor Worth Millions – Joseph Messer
Widowed Mother of 3 – Jane Nguyen
Iraq Combat Veteran – Jacob Williams
Stanford Graduate School Student – Sammie Lee
CEO of a Fortune 500 Company – Edgar Gonzalez
Pastor/Missionary – Jack Johnson
New York City Nurse – Sahar Shaleem
Harvard Graduate – Jefferson Moon
Images via Joel Pares
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Will you think twice before you judge?