Celebrity photographer Adam Bouska and partner Jeff Parshley were in town on Monday to continue their NOH8 campaign, a photographic silent protest to California’s Prop 8, which bans same-sex marriage. More than 300 people came to the W Hotel to participate, among them partners Bill French and Paul Gott and their 10-month-old daughter Audrey; and Sister Stella Standing, a 7-foot-tall drag queen who, while towering over us, summed up the evening: “It’s such an honor to be a part of one of the most profound silent movements of this generation.”
We had a chance to talk to the cofounders between frames.
How does Seattle stand out from other cities you’ve visited?
Adam: It’s an amazing turnout, which says a lot about the time we live in. Twenty years ago we wouldn’t have been able to do this.
Any favorite experiences from this campaign?
Adam: Being able to talk with Cindy McCain, and going to the Glee set to photograph Jane Lynch. When we shot Russell Simmons he got a lot of people involved.
Did you have a hand in picking out today’s music? I noticed there was a lot of Glee.
Jeff: No, that’s someone’s iPod. But yeah, we love Glee: Glee and Lady Gaga. How gay is that? [Laughs.]
Do you guys have a dream subject?
Jeff: There’s a wish list, for sure. The most beneficial person would be…Oprah, maybe. It makes a big difference to have straight allies speaking out, plus she’s pretty influential. But one of our mottos is “every face counts.”
Any plans for the future, for growth?
Jeff: Ultimately we want to do a billboard campaign, a photo book, and PSAs, especially when it’s a relevant time, when there’s a vote coming up.
Adam: And this isn’t just a California issue, or even just a national issue. People fly in from all over to do this.