Are You Aware of Your Judgements?
Everybody judges, even if they don’t intend to. But to the extent this goes on, photographer Joel Parés seeks to make us all aware.
Once a U.S. Marine, this artistic activist has created a photo series that seeks to question the ugly prejudices that many of us harbor, to one extent or another, against groups of people different from ourselves.
Parés’ images at first present the viewer with characters symbolic of the prejudices suffered by various groups based on their ethnicity, socio-economic status, or sexual preference. Then, however, they show the real people behind these often false characters: the violent gangster turns out to be a Harvard graduate, and an exhausted gardener turns out to be the CEO of a Fortune 500 company.