Mark Laita, the photographer, embarks on a thought-provoking exploration of the paradoxical concept of human equality. Through his lens, he skillfully captures the stark contrasts that separate his subjects, highlighting their apparent differences, but in doing so, he unveils the profound essence of their shared humanity. Regardless of how distinct they may appear on the surface, the common threads that bind them together become strikingly evident.
“Created Equal” is a compelling collection that showcases Mark Laita’s in-depth study of extremity in human existence. Through this body of work, he takes us on a visual journey that challenges our preconceived notions about what separates us and, in turn, underscores the powerful commonalities that unite us as a species. This captivating series of images offers a unique perspective on the intricate tapestry of human diversity, revealing the universal truths and shared experiences that transcend the apparent disparities that might otherwise divide us. In this collection, Laita not only captures the human condition but also raises important questions about the nature of equality and our interconnectedness as a global community.
“In America, the chasm between rich and poor is growing, the clash between conservatives and liberals is strengthening, and evil and good seem more polarized than ever before. At the heart of this collection of diptychs is my desire to remind us that we are all equal, until our environment, circumstances or fate molded and weathered us into who we have become.”