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Judging America: Photographer Challenges Our Prejudice By Alternating Between Judgment and Reality
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Judging America: Photographer Challenges Our Prejudice By Alternating Between Judgment and Reality

Joel Parés, a U.S. Marine-turned-professional photographer, has created an interesting 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’ photo series at first presents 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 are in the habit of judging others incorrectly by ethnicity, by their profession, and by their sexual interest,” Parés told PetaPixel about his photo ideas. “The purpose of this series is to open our eyes for social issues 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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RaechelCella-Bott
Community Member
7 years ago

I think this is kinda dumb. You could put a scowl on anyone and they would be threatening, not to mention a gun... noose, or a knife.

TaraynMarissa
Community Member
7 years ago

It's not about how they are smiling...It's how people PERCEIVE them. These people could be smiling &people would STILL see them as mean.

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JennyBernhardKelly
Community Member
7 years ago

I think this is shallow, intellectually dishonest & dumb. If you don't *know* a person- all you have as quick judgement is their attire

HazelWaring
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't understand. OF COURSE we judge by surroundings! If they are holding guns, I'm not likely to hang around and make polite conversation

Blackray44
Community Member
7 years ago

No, i think the point here is that people percieve them as those stereotypes they're not actually dressed that way.

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MelanieSmith
Community Member
7 years ago

I think that is clever. But, there are stereotypes everywhere. I'm stereotyped as a Californian.

TonyaVitale-Hughes
Community Member
7 years ago

My best friend lives in OC. Can you imagine! Those darn wives! Lol

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AndrewWood
Community Member
7 years ago

Who on earth, gay or not, would write 'queer' on their chest. Why not 'I'm just like everyone else, don't treat me differently please!'

VirginiaLeeHostman
Community Member
7 years ago

Old saying "Cloths make the Man" (or woman). First impressions shape our thoughts about other people. What's important lives within.

Debby Hood
Community Member
7 years ago

very well done, and great photos Mr Pares. I get it

Aiden Fantasia
Community Member
7 years ago

It's all about stereotyping. People see a black guy they think gangster. People see someone with glasses they think nerd. Ect.

AidenFantasia
Community Member
7 years ago

For people who aren't getting it, this is all about stereotyping. People see a black man they think he's gangster. Glasses means nerd..ect.

Paige Thorpe
Community Member
7 years ago

This is really good, makes people think about racial sterotypes. On another note I agree with Raechel you could put anything on anyone

Leandro Vale
Community Member
7 years ago

that's amazing! great job!

DavidFranchi
Community Member
7 years ago

Too bad that most people don't get it. Just try to open your mind instead if closing it as racist people do.

LukeAnderson
Community Member
7 years ago

The pictures on the LEFT are JUDGEMENTS. (IE: How you see Muslims, Asians...) The pictures on the RIGHT are REALITY. (Who they actually are)

Linda Garens
Community Member
7 years ago

Never assume either way! Ass-uming makes an ass out of you! ;) Never assume dress is what makes the real person underneath better or not.

philliplisa
Community Member
7 years ago

If the photographer is saying that when people see the people on their prejudices project the image on the right, he's wrong and prejudiced.

Veronica Mayes
Community Member
7 years ago

I think everyone is missing the point. These people aren't judged on how they are dressed but on their ethnicity, profession, or sexuality.

Jenn Cheung
Community Member
7 years ago

I wouldn't say judging people with a gun/knife is a bad thing. Natural selection allows all animals to assess others for self-preservation.

scotts
Community Member
7 years ago

Sorry to be harsh, but the concept is judgement in its self and would only illustrate stereotypes for children.

СтефанИванов
Community Member
7 years ago

Some photos do not have two faces: http://goodtimephotography.us/blog/documenting-our-city/

DebWagner
Community Member
7 years ago

Sorry, but I am a conservative, and I don;t make judgments on what someone is wearing. I have worked for a police department for 35 years.

Linda Garens
Community Member
7 years ago

So your're a conservative? From what I see police judge a lot & kill people they judged wrong!!! I would bet you do judge still. We all do!

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SharonHunter
Community Member
7 years ago

Interesting, but some are just ridiculous.....

Linda Garens
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7 years ago

Really? I thought all were pretty darn real!!

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FabianLiando
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7 years ago

these photos are pretty bad lol

LaLaLamb
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7 years ago

Fascinating

SantiagoAlmaguerdeAvila
Community Member
7 years ago

El ultimo parece chaka en las dos imágenes xD

Jonathan Jennings
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10 months ago

I do not think this makes the point that is suggested the artist is trying to make at all. This actually suggests a very superficial shallow understanding of the social caste system in America.

TRPbjs1927
Community Member
7 years ago

F that last comment this is the shit

Jamie Smith
Community Member
7 years ago

this is such cack

ElizaWay
Community Member
7 years ago

...r.r...this is not if someone is holding a gun or not.... is about how people is...but people feel they are like that

EliyahuRooff
Community Member
7 years ago

The fact is, the way we dress, the way we act and the way we present ourselves will control how people perceive us.

Kelsey Travler
Community Member
7 years ago

sorry, if stockbrokers really dressed in do rags with guns and nurses really carried uzis, this might make a point.....

buscadordeamor
Community Member
7 years ago

Please don't judge AMERICA, it is a big CONTINENT extending from Canada to Patagonia and surely all of us AMERICANS don't judge like USA do.

AstarielAnanda
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't get this. The ppl in suits are stereotypes too. If you are dressed like you're doing yard work that's not bad to assume you are!

TomWiebe
Community Member
7 years ago

To be fair, if dude is holding a noose and carrying the Confederate flag, IM GOING TO JUDGE A LITTLE.

FF.Geek
Community Member
7 years ago

If the message is perception, doesn't it follow we can project how we get judged by people? And why are the titles on the right "good?"

DoryBajic
Community Member
7 years ago

The last one has pretty eyes....

Doug Traser
Community Member
7 years ago

It would have more impact if he had removed the weapons and had the same expression in both photos

MarcusMoore
Community Member
7 years ago

I think it would have been more effective if he left out props and had everyone smile. Show that it doesn't matter what you look like.

DeborahMontuori
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't think it's worth much. Some people CHOOSE to dress like some of the "stereotypes" b/c they WANT to be identified w/ a group.

CatherineBrody
Community Member
7 years ago

Oh wow, I really do like this article for some reason

SaprenaLevy
Community Member
7 years ago

Hurting people hurt people and those who choose to love conquers the ability to see through the masks that society has exposed us to believe

AlClerc
Community Member
7 years ago

I think some people create prejudice against themselves in the way they dress, if you dress like a bear and your walking in the woods!

Dave Davies
Community Member
7 years ago

Pastor/Missionary Jack Johnson looks scary in both sides XD

Dave Davies
Community Member
7 years ago

yeah we know yeah at pics on the left side its their past time and on the right side pics its their daily routine time :) JK

JeanElie
Community Member
7 years ago

Oh please, either one of the pics is a costume/lie. All they have to say is necessity hides under the cloak of peer pressure.

ŁukaszMajer
Community Member
7 years ago

Whee whee I think that most of this photos are awesome! But in Poland there is another one best thing - 3tc pany ;-)

Evelyn Smith
Community Member
7 years ago

Look beyond the surface and you will find those that look like they got it together victim of abuse, drug addictions and much more

Xelaz Aughra
Community Member
7 years ago

If you dress a certain way then you should expect people to treat you a certain way. Its as simple as that.

EvelynSmith
Community Member
7 years ago

We only the surface and that's what we judge. I see people all day that look their lives are straight but they dying. Look beyond the surfac

XelazAughra
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't think people ask Asians which nail salon they work at or ask Mexicans if they are gardeners.

Katie Dawson
Community Member
7 years ago

All this illustrates is that clothes and demeanor communicate a message - this isn't about prejudice. ESP since it's not about ethnicity

KatieDawson
Community Member
7 years ago

All this illustrates is that dress and demeanor send a message. It's false to characterize a negative reaction as prejudice.

KarynBijleveld
Community Member
7 years ago

a few look like the same person, diff moment of the day. Scowly faces will always incur judgement. Try again i think. With smiles.

VirginiaMallon
Community Member
7 years ago

This is the next best thing, HONY ++, great project, great idea, great message. Bravo!!

BenWatson
Community Member
7 years ago

My lord this is dumb. How about dressing up a homeless guy like a CEO - "oh my god, I can't believe you're ASSUMING he's a CEO! You judger!"

DevianBlack
Community Member
7 years ago

I think in North America and in western society a suite make a man a thats a sad sad fact...

ElizaLiepina
Community Member
7 years ago

I like the idea, however the execution is too blatant, by making it more subtle it would encourage thought and therefore more meaning.

Alexander Zhukov
Community Member
7 years ago

they look suspicious on all pics. never trust people

apet23
Community Member
7 years ago

Try dreesing different races randomly,people will still think the way they dress. You are just plain racist, sir.

KarenOliver-Paull
Community Member
7 years ago

When people are frightened, they see danger everywhere. It's sad because most people are not interested in hurting others.

JìmmìeJulìon
Community Member
7 years ago

The absolute genius thing about this is 'what if they were neither.' Then it your perception of each person would be fooled twice. Mindblown

meganlarsen
Community Member
7 years ago

ummm.....its human nature to judge......its called self preservation.

AmberSolnick
Community Member
7 years ago

So, the tattoos on Mr. Moon are real?

JennCheung
Community Member
7 years ago

I wouldn't say judging people with a gun/knife is a bad thing. Natural selection allows all animals to assess others for self-preservation.

JudyWilliams
Community Member
7 years ago

Unfortunately, perception is reality, but it does make one think.

ThomasCuevas
Community Member
7 years ago

Wanna make a movie ?

JoshHarris
Community Member
7 years ago

Judgment is passed on every person you meet/see, that's how you base your approach. An educate guess is likely better than an ignorant one.

Drew Pearce
Community Member
7 years ago

Well shit, I guess when I see a fireman in his uniform standing next to his truck I should remember he is probably a terrorist.

DrewPearce
Community Member
7 years ago

Well shit I guess when I see a fireman dressed in his uniform standing next to his firetruck I should remember he could be a terrorist.

Richard Ragsdale
Community Member
7 years ago

Why would successful people present themselves as anything but what they are. This is a waste of time and proves nothing.

AleRumba
Community Member
7 years ago

stereotypes a go go in the land of freedom (restrictions may be applied)

DaniO'Hagan
Community Member
7 years ago

I think the first guy looks like a g in both pics real gs wear suits anyway

EllisBabin
Community Member
7 years ago

judgement is a conditioned response conducive to survival

Briana DeGruttola
Community Member
7 years ago

So we're 'supposed to' come to the conclusion that people who are Ivy-league educated are always the 'better' choice? #stupid

Briana DeGruttola
Community Member
7 years ago

This is one of the most ill-conceived photo essays I've ever seen. You're better than this, Bored Panda.

EllDosSantos
Community Member
7 years ago

necessary and beautifully truthful

Pizzle Calzone
Community Member
7 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OBPaenkxdg

JesterRaiin
Community Member
7 years ago

Reminds me of this:https://i.imgur.com/4cdE62L.jpg

ScottTaylor
Community Member
7 years ago

I think when you stereotyped everyone of these people and their ethnicity. I think you prejudges their ethnic group before you put these pe

TerenceMealy
Community Member
7 years ago

Fair enough don't judge people, but don't call yourself a professional if you insist on using that one terrible filter, its godawful

BillNixon
Community Member
7 years ago

Public Service Announcement. Take your fingers off the triggers. #gunsafety

Vicki Stafford
Community Member
7 years ago

This is pointless. All people see are the costumes. A guy dressed like a manual labourer and carrying a rake gets taken form one? Wow.

VickiStafford
Community Member
7 years ago

Pointless.

DorianHarker
Community Member
7 years ago

BREAKING NEWS - CLOTHES ARE IMPORTANT

SteveChuang
Community Member
7 years ago

Edgar Gonzalez, Founder, CEO at Xtreme Big Brother Shops and BBYD? http://www.stik.com/p/real+estate/texas.brownsville/p/xbbyd

iheartjoanmitchell
Community Member
7 years ago

Great idea poorly executed. Some of props, + aggressive body language + facial contortions nullify photog's intent.

Ivo Florist
Community Member
7 years ago

It just me or anyone think that Famous painter Alexander Huffman is beautiful ?

Shelbyfaith
Community Member
7 years ago

If I would have seen any of these people, I would become "prejudice" towards them, not because of their skin, but how they represent it.

BlakeDM
Community Member
7 years ago

Sammie Lee looks great in photo #1

Julie Robertson
Community Member
7 years ago

This is an excellent way to broaden ones perspective. Well done Joel Parés.

Marie Delavalle
Community Member
7 years ago

In french "l'habit ne fait pas le moine" means "the habit does not make the monk" and IT is what applies to this case...

MarieDelavalle
Community Member
7 years ago

In french, "l'habit ne fait pas le moine" means "the habit does not make the monk", and I think THIS applies to this case.

Jackie Price
Community Member
7 years ago

Dumb.

JackiePrice
Community Member
7 years ago

Stupid.

AlexLevinger
Community Member
7 years ago

Are we so politically correct now that we cannot even generalize based on how someone presents himself?

BarbaraWood
Community Member
7 years ago

Well, of course! We all initially judge by a person's exterior. Is there a huge lesson to be learned here?

EnochPark
Community Member
7 years ago

Nobody cares about your status when you brandish guns or knives. These have nothing to do with ethnicity/stereotypes. Just guns and knives.

TonyNichols
Community Member
7 years ago

Evolution has taught us to judge others for our own safety. If he's scowling and has a gun, he's dangerous.

DevinMuldoon
Community Member
7 years ago

Whats funny...recognizing stereotypes simply reinforces stereotypes! Still very good work

SamArnold
Community Member
7 years ago

This is senseless. Take image #1, I would never look at the right-side image and think for one moment he was a criminal or gangster...

Sam Arnold
Community Member
7 years ago

...But look at the left-side image, immediately we can tell he's a criminal and gangster, as no well-to-do person would wear that stuff.

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Lisa Davies
Community Member
7 years ago

I think that anything of good intent, which gives us a moment to look inward and think, has merit. Worth sharing.

SashaSmooker
Community Member
7 years ago

It's a cliché and contrived I'm afraid beautifully photographed, anybody can be more than one person too sometimes we can all hide.

KimberlyNewman
Community Member
7 years ago

I find it odd when you look uo Alexander Huffman and Edger Gonzalez nothing comes up. World famous painter???

doubleplay2
Community Member
7 years ago

Well spotted. I think Parés may be making a double bait and switch .. and that the "true" images are in fact the left hand side ones.

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Marie-ClaireDawson
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7 years ago

Reinforces stereotypes, stupid.

LeahFalco
Community Member
7 years ago

It shows that we judge based on an entire set of signs. The same person appears threatening or not depending on how they present themselves

KemiimMegahan
Community Member
7 years ago

Thank you. Will share.

lucaswaterworth
Community Member
7 years ago

this works both ways, put a bum in a suit, give him a shave and a haircut, and he'll look important. not sure what the point is here.

Fredo.Nb
Community Member
7 years ago

You're so right. It's also judging when you dress someone with expensive clothes to reflect the "important" people outfit. meaningles..

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Alice Shockley
Community Member
7 years ago

I get that they are showing stereotypes. But these are kind of dumb. Dress anyone like that and they look threatening.

JonPyzel
Community Member
7 years ago

some of the portraits should have been "the dregs" of society. Burkha girl for one.

AnnaPaananen
Community Member
7 years ago

Excellent

TC00146
Community Member
7 years ago

stereotypes exist, thanks for pointing that out (says the unmarried Hispanic!!!) this is an A level photo project. oops, judgey judgey.

Kelsey Travler
Community Member
7 years ago

... and the point would be that stockbrokers and nurses can be thugs and terrorists.

Kelsey Travler
Community Member
7 years ago

what is this trying to prove, exactly? The clean-cut guy doesn't normally dress like a thug but he's pretending to be one, for what reason?

KelseyTravler
Community Member
7 years ago

what is this trying to prove, exactly? The clean-cut guy doesn't normally dress like a thug but he's pretending to be one, for some reason?

Rahman Smith
Community Member
7 years ago

Dress like a thug. Get treated like one. This is the way it is and the way its supposed to be. This article is a big fail.

RahmanSmith
Community Member
7 years ago

Human beings judge others by their appearance. If your a scowling guy with tattoos and a gun, are people not supposed to judge you on that?

SamuelFullman
Community Member
7 years ago

I really didn't see any art in it. Thank you for showing YOUR judgmental low opinion of my estimation of someone.

SuePelosi
Community Member
7 years ago

Ridiculous

meganlarsen
Community Member
7 years ago

umm getting into an elevator with a guy in a suit or a guy with a singlet, tattoos and more importantly 2 guns DUH! cause I'm going to judge

Jenn Cheung
Community Member
7 years ago

If one doesn't want to be viewed in a certain light, they are the only one who has the ability to change that.

HelenThomas
Community Member
7 years ago

So if you dress like a stereotype, you carry yourself like a stereotype, you display stereotype behavior, why are you surprised that you are

Josh Harris
Community Member
7 years ago

Judgment is passed on every person you meet/see, it's how you base your approach. An educated guess is likely better than an ignorant one.

RichardRagsdale
Community Member
7 years ago

Why would successful upstanding citizens present themselves as anything but what they are? This is a waste of time and effort.

apet23
Community Member
7 years ago

I agree, this is just plain dumb. You yourself is actually judging people who read this for being judgmental. What you're doing is actually

Edwin Ramirez
Community Member
7 years ago

So the point of this article is to leave clear the fact that if I wear a suit my face is automatically prettied up with Photoshop?

BarbaraHealingCrystal
Community Member
7 years ago

I agree this is totally dumb. Of course that how you dress and your style represents the way you think and live - It is self representation

Ellis Babin
Community Member
7 years ago

judgement is a response conducive to survival in extreme cases

Ellis Babin
Community Member
7 years ago

if i were shot or robbed by the "gangster" in the first photo because i suspended judgement, i'd haunt the author of this article

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Pizzle Calzone
Community Member
7 years ago

The prejudice here is in the artist's eyes. When I look at the people on the right, I don't see the people on the left; he does.

Elizabeth Morales
Community Member
7 years ago

this is silly... if u are holding a gun, & I'm afraid of u, oh slap my hand i should be ashamed for judging u lol ummmm there is also reason

RaechelCella-Bott
Community Member
7 years ago

I think this is kinda dumb. You could put a scowl on anyone and they would be threatening, not to mention a gun... noose, or a knife.

TaraynMarissa
Community Member
7 years ago

It's not about how they are smiling...It's how people PERCEIVE them. These people could be smiling &people would STILL see them as mean.

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JennyBernhardKelly
Community Member
7 years ago

I think this is shallow, intellectually dishonest & dumb. If you don't *know* a person- all you have as quick judgement is their attire

HazelWaring
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't understand. OF COURSE we judge by surroundings! If they are holding guns, I'm not likely to hang around and make polite conversation

Blackray44
Community Member
7 years ago

No, i think the point here is that people percieve them as those stereotypes they're not actually dressed that way.

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MelanieSmith
Community Member
7 years ago

I think that is clever. But, there are stereotypes everywhere. I'm stereotyped as a Californian.

TonyaVitale-Hughes
Community Member
7 years ago

My best friend lives in OC. Can you imagine! Those darn wives! Lol

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AndrewWood
Community Member
7 years ago

Who on earth, gay or not, would write 'queer' on their chest. Why not 'I'm just like everyone else, don't treat me differently please!'

VirginiaLeeHostman
Community Member
7 years ago

Old saying "Cloths make the Man" (or woman). First impressions shape our thoughts about other people. What's important lives within.

Debby Hood
Community Member
7 years ago

very well done, and great photos Mr Pares. I get it

Aiden Fantasia
Community Member
7 years ago

It's all about stereotyping. People see a black guy they think gangster. People see someone with glasses they think nerd. Ect.

AidenFantasia
Community Member
7 years ago

For people who aren't getting it, this is all about stereotyping. People see a black man they think he's gangster. Glasses means nerd..ect.

Paige Thorpe
Community Member
7 years ago

This is really good, makes people think about racial sterotypes. On another note I agree with Raechel you could put anything on anyone

Leandro Vale
Community Member
7 years ago

that's amazing! great job!

DavidFranchi
Community Member
7 years ago

Too bad that most people don't get it. Just try to open your mind instead if closing it as racist people do.

LukeAnderson
Community Member
7 years ago

The pictures on the LEFT are JUDGEMENTS. (IE: How you see Muslims, Asians...) The pictures on the RIGHT are REALITY. (Who they actually are)

Linda Garens
Community Member
7 years ago

Never assume either way! Ass-uming makes an ass out of you! ;) Never assume dress is what makes the real person underneath better or not.

philliplisa
Community Member
7 years ago

If the photographer is saying that when people see the people on their prejudices project the image on the right, he's wrong and prejudiced.

Veronica Mayes
Community Member
7 years ago

I think everyone is missing the point. These people aren't judged on how they are dressed but on their ethnicity, profession, or sexuality.

Jenn Cheung
Community Member
7 years ago

I wouldn't say judging people with a gun/knife is a bad thing. Natural selection allows all animals to assess others for self-preservation.

scotts
Community Member
7 years ago

Sorry to be harsh, but the concept is judgement in its self and would only illustrate stereotypes for children.

СтефанИванов
Community Member
7 years ago

Some photos do not have two faces: http://goodtimephotography.us/blog/documenting-our-city/

DebWagner
Community Member
7 years ago

Sorry, but I am a conservative, and I don;t make judgments on what someone is wearing. I have worked for a police department for 35 years.

Linda Garens
Community Member
7 years ago

So your're a conservative? From what I see police judge a lot & kill people they judged wrong!!! I would bet you do judge still. We all do!

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SharonHunter
Community Member
7 years ago

Interesting, but some are just ridiculous.....

Linda Garens
Community Member
7 years ago

Really? I thought all were pretty darn real!!

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FabianLiando
Community Member
7 years ago

these photos are pretty bad lol

LaLaLamb
Community Member
7 years ago

Fascinating

SantiagoAlmaguerdeAvila
Community Member
7 years ago

El ultimo parece chaka en las dos imágenes xD

Jonathan Jennings
Community Member
10 months ago

I do not think this makes the point that is suggested the artist is trying to make at all. This actually suggests a very superficial shallow understanding of the social caste system in America.

TRPbjs1927
Community Member
7 years ago

F that last comment this is the shit

Jamie Smith
Community Member
7 years ago

this is such cack

ElizaWay
Community Member
7 years ago

...r.r...this is not if someone is holding a gun or not.... is about how people is...but people feel they are like that

EliyahuRooff
Community Member
7 years ago

The fact is, the way we dress, the way we act and the way we present ourselves will control how people perceive us.

Kelsey Travler
Community Member
7 years ago

sorry, if stockbrokers really dressed in do rags with guns and nurses really carried uzis, this might make a point.....

buscadordeamor
Community Member
7 years ago

Please don't judge AMERICA, it is a big CONTINENT extending from Canada to Patagonia and surely all of us AMERICANS don't judge like USA do.

AstarielAnanda
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't get this. The ppl in suits are stereotypes too. If you are dressed like you're doing yard work that's not bad to assume you are!

TomWiebe
Community Member
7 years ago

To be fair, if dude is holding a noose and carrying the Confederate flag, IM GOING TO JUDGE A LITTLE.

FF.Geek
Community Member
7 years ago

If the message is perception, doesn't it follow we can project how we get judged by people? And why are the titles on the right "good?"

DoryBajic
Community Member
7 years ago

The last one has pretty eyes....

Doug Traser
Community Member
7 years ago

It would have more impact if he had removed the weapons and had the same expression in both photos

MarcusMoore
Community Member
7 years ago

I think it would have been more effective if he left out props and had everyone smile. Show that it doesn't matter what you look like.

DeborahMontuori
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't think it's worth much. Some people CHOOSE to dress like some of the "stereotypes" b/c they WANT to be identified w/ a group.

CatherineBrody
Community Member
7 years ago

Oh wow, I really do like this article for some reason

SaprenaLevy
Community Member
7 years ago

Hurting people hurt people and those who choose to love conquers the ability to see through the masks that society has exposed us to believe

AlClerc
Community Member
7 years ago

I think some people create prejudice against themselves in the way they dress, if you dress like a bear and your walking in the woods!

Dave Davies
Community Member
7 years ago

Pastor/Missionary Jack Johnson looks scary in both sides XD

Dave Davies
Community Member
7 years ago

yeah we know yeah at pics on the left side its their past time and on the right side pics its their daily routine time :) JK

JeanElie
Community Member
7 years ago

Oh please, either one of the pics is a costume/lie. All they have to say is necessity hides under the cloak of peer pressure.

ŁukaszMajer
Community Member
7 years ago

Whee whee I think that most of this photos are awesome! But in Poland there is another one best thing - 3tc pany ;-)

Evelyn Smith
Community Member
7 years ago

Look beyond the surface and you will find those that look like they got it together victim of abuse, drug addictions and much more

Xelaz Aughra
Community Member
7 years ago

If you dress a certain way then you should expect people to treat you a certain way. Its as simple as that.

EvelynSmith
Community Member
7 years ago

We only the surface and that's what we judge. I see people all day that look their lives are straight but they dying. Look beyond the surfac

XelazAughra
Community Member
7 years ago

I don't think people ask Asians which nail salon they work at or ask Mexicans if they are gardeners.

Katie Dawson
Community Member
7 years ago

All this illustrates is that clothes and demeanor communicate a message - this isn't about prejudice. ESP since it's not about ethnicity

KatieDawson
Community Member
7 years ago

All this illustrates is that dress and demeanor send a message. It's false to characterize a negative reaction as prejudice.

KarynBijleveld
Community Member
7 years ago

a few look like the same person, diff moment of the day. Scowly faces will always incur judgement. Try again i think. With smiles.

VirginiaMallon
Community Member
7 years ago

This is the next best thing, HONY ++, great project, great idea, great message. Bravo!!

BenWatson
Community Member
7 years ago

My lord this is dumb. How about dressing up a homeless guy like a CEO - "oh my god, I can't believe you're ASSUMING he's a CEO! You judger!"

DevianBlack
Community Member
7 years ago

I think in North America and in western society a suite make a man a thats a sad sad fact...

ElizaLiepina
Community Member
7 years ago

I like the idea, however the execution is too blatant, by making it more subtle it would encourage thought and therefore more meaning.

Alexander Zhukov
Community Member
7 years ago

they look suspicious on all pics. never trust people

apet23
Community Member
7 years ago

Try dreesing different races randomly,people will still think the way they dress. You are just plain racist, sir.

KarenOliver-Paull
Community Member
7 years ago

When people are frightened, they see danger everywhere. It's sad because most people are not interested in hurting others.

JìmmìeJulìon
Community Member
7 years ago

The absolute genius thing about this is 'what if they were neither.' Then it your perception of each person would be fooled twice. Mindblown

meganlarsen
Community Member
7 years ago

ummm.....its human nature to judge......its called self preservation.

AmberSolnick
Community Member
7 years ago

So, the tattoos on Mr. Moon are real?

JennCheung
Community Member
7 years ago

I wouldn't say judging people with a gun/knife is a bad thing. Natural selection allows all animals to assess others for self-preservation.

JudyWilliams
Community Member
7 years ago

Unfortunately, perception is reality, but it does make one think.

ThomasCuevas
Community Member
7 years ago

Wanna make a movie ?

JoshHarris
Community Member
7 years ago

Judgment is passed on every person you meet/see, that's how you base your approach. An educate guess is likely better than an ignorant one.

Drew Pearce
Community Member
7 years ago

Well shit, I guess when I see a fireman in his uniform standing next to his truck I should remember he is probably a terrorist.

DrewPearce
Community Member
7 years ago

Well shit I guess when I see a fireman dressed in his uniform standing next to his firetruck I should remember he could be a terrorist.

Richard Ragsdale
Community Member
7 years ago

Why would successful people present themselves as anything but what they are. This is a waste of time and proves nothing.

AleRumba
Community Member
7 years ago

stereotypes a go go in the land of freedom (restrictions may be applied)

DaniO'Hagan
Community Member
7 years ago

I think the first guy looks like a g in both pics real gs wear suits anyway

EllisBabin
Community Member
7 years ago

judgement is a conditioned response conducive to survival

Briana DeGruttola
Community Member
7 years ago

So we're 'supposed to' come to the conclusion that people who are Ivy-league educated are always the 'better' choice? #stupid

Briana DeGruttola
Community Member
7 years ago

This is one of the most ill-conceived photo essays I've ever seen. You're better than this, Bored Panda.

EllDosSantos
Community Member
7 years ago

necessary and beautifully truthful

Pizzle Calzone
Community Member
7 years ago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OBPaenkxdg

JesterRaiin
Community Member
7 years ago

Reminds me of this:https://i.imgur.com/4cdE62L.jpg

ScottTaylor
Community Member
7 years ago

I think when you stereotyped everyone of these people and their ethnicity. I think you prejudges their ethnic group before you put these pe

TerenceMealy
Community Member
7 years ago

Fair enough don't judge people, but don't call yourself a professional if you insist on using that one terrible filter, its godawful

BillNixon
Community Member
7 years ago

Public Service Announcement. Take your fingers off the triggers. #gunsafety

Vicki Stafford
Community Member
7 years ago

This is pointless. All people see are the costumes. A guy dressed like a manual labourer and carrying a rake gets taken form one? Wow.

VickiStafford
Community Member
7 years ago

Pointless.

DorianHarker
Community Member
7 years ago

BREAKING NEWS - CLOTHES ARE IMPORTANT

SteveChuang
Community Member
7 years ago

Edgar Gonzalez, Founder, CEO at Xtreme Big Brother Shops and BBYD? http://www.stik.com/p/real+estate/texas.brownsville/p/xbbyd

iheartjoanmitchell
Community Member
7 years ago

Great idea poorly executed. Some of props, + aggressive body language + facial contortions nullify photog's intent.

Ivo Florist
Community Member
7 years ago

It just me or anyone think that Famous painter Alexander Huffman is beautiful ?

Shelbyfaith
Community Member
7 years ago

If I would have seen any of these people, I would become "prejudice" towards them, not because of their skin, but how they represent it.

BlakeDM
Community Member
7 years ago

Sammie Lee looks great in photo #1

Julie Robertson
Community Member
7 years ago

This is an excellent way to broaden ones perspective. Well done Joel Parés.

Marie Delavalle
Community Member
7 years ago

In french "l'habit ne fait pas le moine" means "the habit does not make the monk" and IT is what applies to this case...

MarieDelavalle
Community Member
7 years ago

In french, "l'habit ne fait pas le moine" means "the habit does not make the monk", and I think THIS applies to this case.

Jackie Price
Community Member
7 years ago

Dumb.

JackiePrice
Community Member
7 years ago

Stupid.

AlexLevinger
Community Member
7 years ago

Are we so politically correct now that we cannot even generalize based on how someone presents himself?

BarbaraWood
Community Member
7 years ago

Well, of course! We all initially judge by a person's exterior. Is there a huge lesson to be learned here?

EnochPark
Community Member
7 years ago

Nobody cares about your status when you brandish guns or knives. These have nothing to do with ethnicity/stereotypes. Just guns and knives.

TonyNichols
Community Member
7 years ago

Evolution has taught us to judge others for our own safety. If he's scowling and has a gun, he's dangerous.

DevinMuldoon
Community Member
7 years ago

Whats funny...recognizing stereotypes simply reinforces stereotypes! Still very good work

SamArnold
Community Member
7 years ago

This is senseless. Take image #1, I would never look at the right-side image and think for one moment he was a criminal or gangster...

Sam Arnold
Community Member
7 years ago

...But look at the left-side image, immediately we can tell he's a criminal and gangster, as no well-to-do person would wear that stuff.

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Lisa Davies
Community Member
7 years ago

I think that anything of good intent, which gives us a moment to look inward and think, has merit. Worth sharing.

SashaSmooker
Community Member
7 years ago

It's a cliché and contrived I'm afraid beautifully photographed, anybody can be more than one person too sometimes we can all hide.

KimberlyNewman
Community Member
7 years ago

I find it odd when you look uo Alexander Huffman and Edger Gonzalez nothing comes up. World famous painter???

doubleplay2
Community Member
7 years ago

Well spotted. I think Parés may be making a double bait and switch .. and that the "true" images are in fact the left hand side ones.

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Marie-ClaireDawson
Community Member
7 years ago

Reinforces stereotypes, stupid.

LeahFalco
Community Member
7 years ago

It shows that we judge based on an entire set of signs. The same person appears threatening or not depending on how they present themselves

KemiimMegahan
Community Member
7 years ago

Thank you. Will share.

lucaswaterworth
Community Member
7 years ago

this works both ways, put a bum in a suit, give him a shave and a haircut, and he'll look important. not sure what the point is here.

Fredo.Nb
Community Member
7 years ago

You're so right. It's also judging when you dress someone with expensive clothes to reflect the "important" people outfit. meaningles..

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Alice Shockley
Community Member
7 years ago

I get that they are showing stereotypes. But these are kind of dumb. Dress anyone like that and they look threatening.

JonPyzel
Community Member
7 years ago

some of the portraits should have been "the dregs" of society. Burkha girl for one.

AnnaPaananen
Community Member
7 years ago

Excellent

TC00146
Community Member
7 years ago

stereotypes exist, thanks for pointing that out (says the unmarried Hispanic!!!) this is an A level photo project. oops, judgey judgey.

Kelsey Travler
Community Member
7 years ago

... and the point would be that stockbrokers and nurses can be thugs and terrorists.

Kelsey Travler
Community Member
7 years ago

what is this trying to prove, exactly? The clean-cut guy doesn't normally dress like a thug but he's pretending to be one, for what reason?

KelseyTravler
Community Member
7 years ago

what is this trying to prove, exactly? The clean-cut guy doesn't normally dress like a thug but he's pretending to be one, for some reason?

Rahman Smith
Community Member
7 years ago

Dress like a thug. Get treated like one. This is the way it is and the way its supposed to be. This article is a big fail.

RahmanSmith
Community Member
7 years ago

Human beings judge others by their appearance. If your a scowling guy with tattoos and a gun, are people not supposed to judge you on that?

SamuelFullman
Community Member
7 years ago

I really didn't see any art in it. Thank you for showing YOUR judgmental low opinion of my estimation of someone.