Judging America - Photographer Exposes Our Own Prejudices
Prejudice and Judgement is not going out of style anytime soon, unfortunately. Dallas-based photographer Joel Pares challenges our most common prejudices with a straight-forward photo project called "Judging America". This collection of intriguing photos features men and women of different ethnicities or lifestyles, with each person photographed both in a negative stereotype and then in their actual clothes related to their professions.
"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," explains Pares. "The first image is not necessarily what you actually see, but it is what you categorize them in your head without knowing who they truly are. The second image explains the truth about the person and how incorrect they were judged initially."
New York City nurse Sahar Shaleem
Harvard graduate Jefferson Moon
Pastor/Missionary Jack Johnson
Fortune 500 CEO Edgar Gonzalez
Stanford Graduate School student Sammie Lee
Iraq Combat Veteran Jacob Williams
Widowed mother of 3 Jane Nguyen
Family outreach program founder Ben Alvarez
Famous painter Alexander Huffman
iPhone app inventor Joseph Messer