As a direct response to the passage of Proposition 8, a proposition passed in California banning same-sex marriage, celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley created the NOH8 Campaign, creating it to send a message of supporting equal rights. The NOH8 Campaign is a photographic silent protest, featuring subjects with duct tape over their mouths and NOH8 painted on one cheek in protest. The Protest has over 4,000 faces and growing at an exponential rate, which include celebrities and regular people. Though the photographs may seem plain and simple, there are many things that are symbolic.
The campaign has photographed many famous actors, reality TV stars, singers, and models. Some of the celebrities include Dr. Drew, the Kardashians, Pete Wentz, Tila Tequila and many more. Allowing celebrities to be part of the campaign, gives them the opportunity to be a part of something they believe in. With the fame of the celebrities, more awareness of the campaign is brought. Having celebrities be a part of the campaign not only helped some people express their beliefs, it also benefited the campaign in its recognition. The campaign also includes regular people. Bouska has chosen to photograph regular people to attract more publicity to the campaign. Having regular people become a part of the campaign, allows others to be able to relate more to it. Since Bouska message is to support equal rights, allowing any one who chooses to be a part of the campaign, it gives it a higher sense of Leon, 2
equality. Bouska chose to photograph regular people, giving them chance to be a part of the silent protest. By having regular people be part of the campaign, they eventually upload they’re pictures to the social networking sites, thus leading more attraction for the campaign. Regular people being a part of the silent protest, puts into practice the message of giving everyone the right of equal opportunity. The photographs are set with a white...
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