The Vote Against Project

The Vote Against Project began soon after the North Carolina General Assembly passed a state constitutional amendment that would ban legal recognition for all unmarried couples. On May 8, 2012, voters in North Carolina will decide if they want to etch discrimination into our state’s constitution.

Raleigh photographer Curtis Brown, outraged at the harm this would cause many families in his home state, started this project with the help of a team of dedicated volunteers. He aimed to create a portrait of North Carolina unity — connected by a common bond to defeat discrimination.

Participants were photographed in shirts that boldly read “Vote Against”, providing North Carolina voters a creative outlet for sharing their opposition to the amendment. All images are posted on this website and participants are encouraged to share their image with everyone they know.

The Vote Against Project team recently finished a 3-month statewide tour of free photo shoots, ultimately photographing nearly 5,000 North Carolinians. The team held 19 events in 12 cities across the state. The cities included:

Asheville, Boone, Burlington, Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Durham, Fayetteville, Greensboro, Greenville, Raleigh, Wilmington, Winston-Salem

Photo credit: Preston Stubberfield