April 1, 2011

recreating the moment.

The infamous Times Square kiss has always fascinated me. 

In case you don't know the backstory, a sailor spontaneously dipped and kissed a nurse in the middle of the New York streets when President Truman announced the end of war on Japan. And the whole thing, obviously, was captured by photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt. It's such a joyful, spirited moment, so full of hope, and I just love the impulsive, spur-of-the-moment feel to it--the idea of a random kiss to celebrate the end of such a dark time.
The "Victory Kiss" image has special meaning for me, though, thanks to the commemorative statue located on the Port of San Diego. It was during my junior year of college that I first saw it, and needless to say, it elicited one of those hand-to-the-heart sort of sighs. Not to mention that San Diego, of course, is where Radley and I met--where our own little love story began.
So it was a must for me, for us, to recreate that moment in the middle of Times Square. And you can be sure that if it hadn't been less than forty degrees, I probably would have run out and bought a nurse's outfit. And possibly a sailor hat for Radley. (Maybe next time.)

*Read more about the San Diego commemorative sculpture and original photograph--including comments from the nurse who was kissed!--in this article from the Navy website.

(Photos: 1. My Flickr 2. LIFE Magazine 3. Jimcin)


HanneeNz said... [Reply to comment]

Your picture is totally gorgeous! I love it. Oh how I love love. Your trip looks amazing. Have a great weekend!

Gale said... [Reply to comment]

aww beautiful photo reenactment! made my heart melt just now:) have fun!

Rissy said... [Reply to comment]

that is so fantastic! I used to have a poster of that kiss! Remember when Facebook buttons were super cool? my roomie spent an hour finding me that button hahaha

You should blow that baby up into a poster!


Heidiopia said... [Reply to comment]

Love, love, love. Of course you had to. :)

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Candace said... [Reply to comment]

The times square kiss is one of my favorites as well. This is so sweet.

Meghan said... [Reply to comment]

That's always been one of my favorite photos!

Rachael said... [Reply to comment]

You crack me up! Love that you recreating yet another timeless moment!

Kelly said... [Reply to comment]

I have a print of the photo : ) love that you recreated it! That's a shot to frame and hang up.

wilybrunette said... [Reply to comment]

love, love, love. xo.

Lauren @The Little Things We Do.... said... [Reply to comment]

you are too freaking cute! love, love LOVE this!

Nicole Marie said... [Reply to comment]

oh my gosh so cute!!!

Arianne said... [Reply to comment]

i love your shot! *jealous* :)

Betsey said... [Reply to comment]

awww, SO cute! love this!

Bree said... [Reply to comment]

Awww this is so sweet! Frame it!