“Created Equal” – the contrasts of life
“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).
Astronaut/Alien Abductee, 2003/2005
Homeless Man/State Developer, 2002/2005
Southerner/Hassidic Jew, 2002/2007
Gang Member/Mafioso, 2006/2006
Marine/War Veteran, 2002/2004
Baptist Churchgoer/White Supremacist, 2004/2003
French Chef/Short Order Cook, 2006/1999
Bank Robber/Deputies, 2000/2000
Bullrider/Rock Musician, 2006/2007
Company Presiden/Janitor, 2006/2004
Baptist Minister/Ku Klux Klan, 2002/2002
Amish Teenagers/Punk Teenagers, 2004/2004
Fur Trapper/Woman with Dog, 2003/2004
Country Fair Livestock Show Contestant/Cajun Man, 2003/2003
Motorcycle Gang/Altar boys, 2004/2005
Mariachis/Elvis Impersonators, 2002/2000
If you’re interested in checking out all the project please visit Mark Laita’s portfolio of the project here.