We are so thrilled to share with you the latest from the project!
in 2014 will take the Love is Love project on the road out of Alaska! We'll be visiting states like Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia.
If we reach our goal we will photograph lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender couples in the Midwest in May 2014, and if we reach our secondary goal we will photograph the couples both in the Midwest in May 2014 and South in November 2014
Love is Love Couples
Trip 1 Mid-West May 2014 Goal: $25,000
Utah, Nevada, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, North Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado.
Trip 2 South November 2014 Goal: $30,000
Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida.
Trip 3 All 50 States Summer 2014 Goal: $50,000
Photograph the remaining 50 states.
In the summer of 2012 we started the Love is Love project. During the first stage of the project we photographed 28 Vibrant LGBT families from all over Alaska. Thru out the project filmmaker April Frame recorded video, interviewed couples, and compiled a video that is sure to leave you misty eyed. Check out a preview of the film below. (WARNING: Tissues Required)
During our gallery opening on October 5th 2012, over 760 Alaskan’s came to show their support for the project, and the beautiful couples. Shortly after the show in 2013 Senator Lisa Murkowski announced her support for the repeal of the Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA) and sent us this note about the project.
Advocate: Although Alaska is unlike anywhere else in the country, love there looks like it does just about any place. But what photographers Mitch Kitter and Shalem Mathew really set out to prove with the launch of the "Love Is Love" project in the summer of 2012 is even simpler — that love is love, no matter if you are straight or LGBT.
Alaska Dispatch: Photographers and studio owners Shalem Mathew and Mitch Kitter, partners themselves, decided they would document same-sex couples to help people understand that love is the same for everyone. They put out a call on Facebook for same-sex couples who wanted their portraits taken, and the response was tremendous.
Daily News: What started as a localized exertion by “Like is Appreciate: Alaska,” the challenge will extend via several states that have not still legalized marriage equality, this kind of as Utah and Texas, in an work to showcase the appreciate of LGBT partners in these spots via a photo book.
Freedom to Marry: More than two years ago, a young woman was having head shots taken at Treft.Punkt, a photography studio in Anchorage, Alaska. During her shoot, she asked the photographer, Shalem Mathew, about his wedding engagement shoots. "Do you photograph all kinds of people?" She asked.
Huffington Post: "Love Is Love" is a large-scale photography project from Mitch Kitter and Shalem Mathew that seeks to document the love and commitment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples and their families across America.
Kenneth Walsh: Help Mitch Kitter and Shalem Mathew bring "more love to more people" as they create a fine-art photo book featuring real LGBT couples and families from across America.
Media Bistro: Photographers Mitch Kitter and Shalem Mathew hope to raise $25,000 on Kickstarter. They hope to use the funds to create an art photo book for the “Love is Love” project.
Out Traveler: Mitch Kitter and Shalem Mathew have tapped into the power of beautiful images with their series of couples portraits in Alaska. Help them hit the other 49 states.
Reddit: There is a great discussion going on over at Reddit, check it out!
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Risks and challenges
Our goal with this project is to bring more love to more people, specifically to states where the prospect of equality for the LGBT community seems insurmountable (Alabama, Wyoming, Montana, Oklahoma, etc).
One of the challenges we'll be facing is finding couples brave enough to be photographed and share their stories in these states. Further this project will likely garner local attention, so there are potential difficulties (and opportunities) in each community.
Couples interested in participating in the project can apply here: http://www.propagandaak.com/loveisloveproject
Reward Fulfillment: The fulfillment process will be protracted with this project as we'll be shooting the couples in May and November, meaning the finished products should be delivered in time for Christmas. Our challenge will be to use Kickstarter's resources to maintain updated shipping information for our lovely backers. Thankfully, we've been professional photographers for almost a decade, and have extensive experience on long term projects. Further we have a team at the studio to support us at the studio when it comes time to fulfil the rewards.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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