Daily Prompt from the daily post at http://dailypost.wordpress.com/dp_prompt/living-art/ asks:
One day, your favorite piece of art — a famous painting or sculpture, the graffiti next door — comes to life. What happens next?
Perhaps because I’m a photographer I’m more drawn to photographic images than painted ones. That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy walking through a beautiful display of paintings but there is something about photography that has always attracted me. So to answer this question I must first present the piece that I’ve always been attracted to.
There were many public kisses that were captured on, V Day, August 14, 1945. But this one caught by Alfred Eisenstaedt with his Leica camera in Times Square became famous. It was published as a full page photo in LIFE magazine the following week. Because of the mass confusion surrounding the announcement that the war with Japan was finally ended, Eisenstaedt never got the names of the two who were caught in this amorous pose. In the ensuing decades many came forward claiming to be the man or woman in the photo but it will always remain a mystery. Perhaps it’s best that this photo remain so because it’s become iconic of WWII and will always rise above any individual person.
Growing up I believed this was a romantic photo of a couple in love. When I studied the history of photography in college I learned the truth of Eisenstaedt’s photo but the truth never rid my mind of the image I had long held. The one where this couple jitterbugged off to a lifetime of happiness and a house full of kids.