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Created equal

MARK LAITA

If you look closely enough, you will see that even exact opposites have something in common. American photographer Mark Laita devoted a special photography project to this fundamental idea. He called it ’Created equal’.

Laita worked on the project over the course of eight years. During this period, he visited forty-eight American states, taking photos of all kinds of people he met along the way. After collecting several thousand photos and selecting the best ones, the photographer presented his observations to the world in a book with the same name as the project itself.

There are two photos of representatives from opposing worlds on each page, demonstrating the striking contrast between professions, appearances, and lifestyles we see throughout our global society. The images compel us to think about how absolutely all of us were all equal a few short years ago, when we first appeared in this world, until our different and changing environment, circumstances or personal fate moulded us all into the unique individuals we are today.

An astronaut vs. an alien abductee
A ballerina vs. a boxer
A body-builder vs. a farmer
A fur trapper vs. a lady with a dog
A motorcycle gang vs. altar boys
A barber vs. a beauty salon employee
A bank robber vs. policemen
Nuns vs. prostitutes
A poor family vs. a rich family
A college graduate vs. an expelled high school student
Mariachi singers vs. Elvis impersonators
A county fair livestock show contestant vs. a Cajun man
An underwear model vs. a plus-size woman wearing an all-in-one
A philosopher vs. an automobile mechanic
A Baptist churchgoer vs. a white supremacist
A homeless man vs. a real estate developer
A polygamist vs. a pimp
A marine vs. a war veteran
A subway musician vs. a musician from a brass band
A French chef vs. a street vendor
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