Visual proof: We are not our jobs

The difference it makes..

CNN Photos

One day, when French photographer Bruno Fert was a child, he brought his grandmother’s cherished family photo album to school.

Then — while playing with friends — he lost the irreplaceable photos forever.

“I like to think that because I lost the last remains of the memories of my family, I chose to be a photographer to try to rebuild the memory of these photos,” said Fert, now 40.

The fact that a personal event sparked Fert’s chosen profession is appropriate, because one of his latest projects is all about social identity — personal versus professional.

The series of photos, called Workwears, visually juxtaposes people’s private lives with their lives at work.

A firefighter, a fisherman, a nurse, a diver, a judge. One by one, Fert’s photos show people in their homes wearing everyday clothing — followed by another photo showing them dressed in the clothing of their chosen professions.

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