By Christopher Harrity
Originally published on Advocate.com January 14 2014 7:00 AM ET
Stephen and Keegan Fritts
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.
They photographed 28 same-sex couples from all over Alaska while filmmaker April Frame recorded video, conducted interviews, and compiled a video that is sure to leave you misty eyed. (Check out a preview of the film on the last page.) At their gallery opening October 5, more than 760 Alaskans came to show their support. Even Sen. Lisa Murkowski sent the artists a note about the project after announcing her support for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act.
Now the project's organizers want to launch "More Love to More People" with a photo book featuring LGBT couples and families all over the United States. This year they will take the project on the road, visiting Utah, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Through their campaign on Kickstarter, if they reach their goals, the team will photograph couples in the Midwest in May, and the South in November.
Check out some of their stunning photos from Alaska on the following pages.
Casey Griffith and Adam Womble
Doug Gasek, John Hirst, and Marcin
Jaime Spats and Issa Braman
Jim Henry and Gary Dearth
Julie Schmidt and Gayle Schuh
Malyn and Ava Anderson
Nicole and Jen Theulen
Sean Clark and Erik Whitney
Lela and Steph Figarelle
Tracy Storey and Dawn Welton
Zach Maurer and Jeremy Lutz
VIDEO: Love Is Love Films 28 LGBT Alaskan Families