Couple 'Kissing During a Riot' Photo Isn't What You Think


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The most famous image to come out of the Vancouver riots that broke out after the Canucks lost in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup Finals Wednesday is this photo of a couple kissing on the ground while cops and rioters battle around them. Ever since the photo went viral, people all over the world have been clamoring for the seemingly love-struck couple to be identified -- and now they have! But I'm still far from convinced their embrace is real.

From the beginning, not everyone was so sure that what was going on in the photo between the two people had a romantic context. In fact, there was some speculation that the woman had been injured during the riot, and the man was simply comforting her. Other people went as far as to actually question whether the man had sinister motives and was perhaps preying on an incapacitated woman!

Today, however, the truth has been revealed (at least some of it anyway). Brett Jones from Australia declared on his Facebook page that the man in the photo is his son, Scott Jones, 29. As Brett tells it, Scott had laid down on the ground to comfort his girlfriend Alexandra Thomas, who had been injured in the riot and was crying, and he kissed her to calm her down.

Awww. So the kiss is real. But still that doesn't mean the shot wasn't staged.

Here's the evidence that would support the theory that there was some, ahem, planning that went into this shot. First is this photo that another blogger tweeted. It depicts a group of people -- one with a large camera -- standing around the couple suggesting perhaps that they were posing. And then there is this interview with Scott's mother, Megan, who told the reporter that her son is a performer and does stand-up comedy. Could the showy photo be part of his performance art or part of his act?

At the end of the day, we'll probably never know whether the shot was real or staged. But who cares? It still is really cool.


Image via Rich Lam/Getty

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Gigan... GigantaursMommy

Even if it was staged it's a beautiful photo, whoever took it did a pretty good job.

nonmember avatar Cynthia

You can read through facebook on the Canucks Fans against the 2011 Riots page that from the photographer himself, he didn't realize what he'd taken until he turned the card into his boss. He was aiming for the mob in the background and this happened to happen at the same time. Hard to stage when you can't get to them past the cops to talk or ask them to do it.

nonmember avatar Cynthia

Pardon me, but I believe it was actually the CTV news website that spoke of the photographer who took this picture.

Jennifer Caines McGuire

It seems staged; the little I do know of photography (used to photograph weddings). There are 4 focal points in this photo... the first two are the police closest to camera and object to left of camera, third is the couple and fourth is the group furthest in background. All images are blurred but the third. Now this could have been done post production as well, but that is some darn perfect lighting, angle and focus on the 'right' subject. Also, there is an areial view of the same couple in the same pose looking up and talking to 3 other folks - one appears to have a black object with white top (camera w/ flash)). I say staged!

corby... corbysmom531

Even if it were staged, it's a beautiful photo.  I don't think it was, because the photographer said that he thought she was injured, and he was helping her.  He didn't realize it was a kiss till someone told him.  He intentionally focused on them because he thought she was hurt.  But she was, so he wasn't wrong.  He just happened to catch the kiss.

Addys... Addys_Mom

I think its staged but i think its a fantastic photo :)

NaKeysha King

In my heart I believe that it's real. There was alot of chaos going on around them, and in the mist of all that, he embraced and kissed his significate other in order to comfort her. My husband would have done the same to me, for HE is my comfort zone. There's nothing greater then "LOVE" nothing and this BEAUTIFUL PHOTO is proof...may GOD continue to bless you both, and to the photogragher....the purpose of a photograph is to capture the essence of a moment in time, and you captured REAL LOVE...excellent job......

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