Photographer Adam Bouska and the NOH8 Campaign heads north of the border for its first visit to Vancouver on May 8, 2012.
A photographic silent protest created by Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley, the NOH8 Campaign is a response to the passing of Proposition 8 which banned same-sex marriage in California in 2008. The now iconic photos feature subjects with duct tape over their mouths, symbolizing their voices being silenced by Prop 8 and similar legislation around the world, with “NOH8” painted on one cheek in protest.
Since it began three years ago, the NOH8 Campaign has grown to over 20,000 faces and what began as portraits of everyday Californians now includes celebrities, politicians, law enforcement, artists, and many more.
“We know that this is not just a California issue, or United States issue for that matter, and we are trying to get to as many places as we can to get our community and its supporters involved in the fight for equality,” said NOH8 co-creator Jeff Parshley as to why they are coming to Vancouver. “The Vancouver Renaissance Hotel reached out to us about hosting a NOH8 shoot for people in the Vancouver area and we thought it was a place that we needed to get to. These photos act as a tool to create dialogue and we would like for anyone and everyone to utilize this tool.”
Only the second time that the NOH8 Campaign has crossed the border into Canada, having visited Montreal in July last year, the Campaign will set up its mobile photo studio at the Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel (1138 West Hastings Street) from 5pm to 8pm on Tuesday, May 8, 2012.
Organizers say that while the photos will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis, they will do their best to ensure anyone in line by 8pm will have a chance to pose for a photo. Bouska will take 5 – 10 photos of each person and the final selection he chooses will be retouched and made available in about eight weeks through the NOH8 Campaign website.
Those looking to participate are asked to come camera-ready, wearing a plain white shirt to match the look of the signature NOH8 photos. Participants will sign a model release and receive their NOH8 tattoo and the silver duct tape for the photo. The cost for posing for a photo is $40 for an individual or $25 each for couples and groups.
“With no corporate sponsors or government funding, money raised through our photo shoots supports and sustains the NOH8 Campaign,” explained Parshley. “Although we receive some independent donations, the open photo shoots are our primary source of support.”
NOH8 Campaign: Vancouver Open Photo Shoot
Tuesday, 8 May 2012 @ 5 – 8pm
Renaissance Vancouver Harbourside Hotel, 1138 West Hastings Street, Vancouver
Visit http://www.noh8campaign.com for more information.