Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision protecting every woman’s right to abortion. A few months ago I was asked to take part in the Choice Out Loud project. A short film made up of 40 stop action portraits of 40 women, photographed by 40 photographers that was edited together into a single film. It came together very well and I’m glad to be a part of it and help support the cause. Thank you to Jeff Martin and Melissa Clarke at +gmmb and of course to my subject Sarah Roach.
Here is more info about the project from ChoiceOutLoud.org:
40 is a photography and film project that unites cause and creativity on a national scale. Forty prominent advertising, fashion, editorial and fine art photographers were asked to shoot a single female subject from the millennial generation. Hailing from New York to Montana to L.A., their faces represent a cross section of religion, race and economic status. They are your neighbor, your friend, your sister.
Each photographer shot 60-80 frames with complete creative freedom. What you see in the film are forty deeply personal artistic expressions, woven together to create one powerful, stop motion portrait of choice. None of the photographers accepted a dollar for their work.
In addition to the digital experience, 40 is being turned into a traveling exhibit and featured on college campuses nationwide. Our hope is that where politics may fall on deaf ears, this film will touch a chord that cannot be ignored.
Many of us cannot imagine life before Roe v Wade. Because as long as we’ve been alive, we have had the choice to obtain birth control and the choice to access abortion care. Yet today, choice is as fragile as it has ever been. Many states continue to chip away at our freedoms and we remain one Supreme Court decision away from having our reproductive rights stripped again.
In the coming weeks and months, Choice Out Loud will share and solicit personal stories and experiences of choice. We will begin a different type of conversation on abortion. One that is led by millennial women and men born after 1980. One that is less about politics, and more about people.
The story of choice is at a crossroads. To keep it free for forty more years, a new generation will need to get loud.