Today’s photos is part of the Sunday series of famous historic and contemporary photographs.
This looks, in a way, like a very romantic kiss. But there’s more to it…!
This photo is also known by the title “V-J Day in Times Square.” It was taken by well known photographer Alfred Eisenstaedt, in New York’s Time Square. “V-J” Day stands over “Victory over Japan” day. As part of photographing the big celebrations in the Times Square, Eisenstaedt followed a sailor who was running around kissing lots of girls (“Whether she was a grandmother, stout, thin, old, didn’t make a difference” the photographer later described). When the sailor swooped in to kiss a nurse in a white uniform, Eisenstaedt snapped this iconic photograph.
This photograph works so well because it is capturing a significant moment in history; the photographer’s position in the middle of the street allows the viewer to identify the location as New York’s Time Square, further giving it historical context; the spontaneous emotion and the complex body language; and the contrast and balance of their subjects’ arms and their contrasting/complimentary colors of dark uniform and white uniform.
Read more on wikipedia here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V-J_Day_in_Times_Square
Thanks for exploring this photo with me!
~ Oriana @ Nosara Daily Photo