I’ve long been a fan of the V J Day kiss (Victory over Japan Day) that was featured in Time Magazine. I’ve always thought the fact that the two people who made it such a cultural icon were never found. Some people hate this, but I think that it adds to the picture. We are a country that needs to know everything, and I think the air of mystery behind the photo is what makes it that much more exciting.
Well, apparently in preparation for “Cumberland Goes to War,” a 10 day festival in November that is set to honor the veterans of my hometown in Cumberland, Maryland, has managed to recreate this famous V J Day kiss on the famous brick streets of downtown. It looks fantastic, and I like the backdrop of Cumberland’s version better. That being said, the man kissing the woman in the Cumberland version looks lost and not nearly as passionate as the man from the original. Further, couldn’t someone Photoshop out the band-aids or whatever that are sticking out like a sore thumb on the ground next to the woman’s feet? That’s so annoying.
I’m not trying to dis Cumberland on the internet, because my Mama taught me better than that, but Cumberland has had an explosion of self-proclaimed artsy fartsy performers that typically compensate style and professionalism in exchange for the right to post a MySpace bulletin about their shitty art gallery opening consisting of photos of dirt. I like this picture in particular, I just hope some time gets spent making it look more passionate and realistic and less staged. Otherwise, it’s sort of undermining the aura of the original.
Let me stop.