Joel Parés, a U.S. Marine-turned-photographer, 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 us with characters symbolic of the prejudices suffered by various groups based on their ethnicity, socio-economic status or sexual preference. Then, however, they show us 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.

Many of us judge incorrectly by someone’s ethnicity, by their profession, and by their sexual interest,” Parés told PetaPixel. “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.

More info: joelpares.com | Facebook | 500px (h/t: petapixel)

Harvard graduate Jefferson Moon

New York City nurse Sahar Shaleem

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

iPhone app inventor Joseph Messer

Family outreach program founder Ben Alvarez

Famous painter Alexander Huffman

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