Beauty in the DR
The Dominican Republic represents a microcosm of racial and economic diversity: 70% of its people are of mixed ethnicity and nearly half of the country's wealth is owned by the top 10%. The simple concept that wealth and beauty are not interdependent was explored in the Dominican. The fiscally wealthy and poor were photographed on a medium format camera throughout the country. All material signs of wealth, such as earrings or hats, were removed with a goal of creating a "leveling effect". The incomes as estimated by the individuals photographed range from $200 USD to $365,000 USD per year. This sample helps illustrate that inherent beauty is not beholden to those with financial wealth. Moreover, the individuals who found it difficult to quantify their income often expressed more inherent joy when belonging to a family who pooled their resources together.