“Created Equal” – the contrasts of life

posted on April 30th 2013 in Photography with 1 Comments

Created Equal” is an incredible photo project by photographer Mark Laita which focuses on the contrast between people’s lives and cultures through beautiful portraits in black and white.

In America, the chasm between rich and poor is growing, the clash between conservatives and liberals is strengthening, and even good and evil seem more polarized than ever before. At the heart of this collection of diptychs is Mark Laita‘s desire to remind us that we were all equal, until our environment, circumstances, or fate molded and weathered us into whom we have become.

Created equal does not airbrush out the scars of life, the wrinkles, triple-chins, missing teeth, and other more extreme aberrations of so-called ‘normal’ standards. Apart form a few exceptions, what is obviously missing is the upscale view we have gotten so used to -the sense of money and power and glossied-up beauty- that has been such a staple of recent times… Laita’s Created Equal is definitely a personal view. Laita says: ‘I photograph what I love about my country, which is the American. By that I mean the individual who is shaped from more than 200 years of liberty and independence mixed with all the successes and failures that America has experienced in its short life. So here is a collection of these creatures. Tragic and wonderful. Great and ordinary. They stand proud and ready for scrutiny’. (Ingrid Sischy, Created Equal).

2Astronaut/Alien Abductee, 2003/2005

3Homeless Man/State Developer, 2002/2005

5Ballerina/Boxer, 2002/1999

6Southerner/Hassidic Jew, 2002/2007

9Gang Member/Mafioso, 2006/2006

11Marine/War Veteran, 2002/2004

12Baptist Churchgoer/White Supremacist, 2004/2003

15French Chef/Short Order Cook, 2006/1999

17Bank Robber/Deputies, 2000/2000

19Bullrider/Rock Musician, 2006/2007

22Company Presiden/Janitor, 2006/2004

23Baptist Minister/Ku Klux Klan, 2002/2002

28Amish Teenagers/Punk Teenagers, 2004/2004

29Fur Trapper/Woman with Dog, 2003/2004

30Country Fair Livestock Show Contestant/Cajun Man, 2003/2003

32 Motorcycle Gang/Altar boys, 2004/2005

33Mariachis/Elvis Impersonators, 2002/2000

34Polygamists/Pimp, 2004/2003

If you’re interested in checking out all the project please visit Mark Laita’s portfolio of the project here.

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  • bebe

    commented on November 25, 2013 at 21:08

    Ugh I got to the end and patiently deciphered what each was depicting, then realised there were captions! I was so engrossed, now checking back to see what the artist called them 🙂 I know how did I NOT see the captions. Maybe I didn’t want to see them.


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