Jun 16, 2011

even if it's fake it's real, vancouver edition


Getty Images photographer Rich Lam, at Esquire, on the kissing couple in the middle of the Vancouver riots last night:

It was complete chaos. Rioters set two cars on fire and then I saw looters break the window at a neighboring department store. At that point, the riot police charged right towards us. After I stopped running, I noticed in the space behind the line of police that two people were laying in the street with the riot police and a raging fire just beyond them. I knew I had captured a "moment" when I snapped the still forms against the backdrop of such chaos but it wasn't until later when I returned to the rink to file my photos that my editor pointed out that the two people were not hurt, but kissing.

Remember kids, even if it's fake, it's real. See also this, this, this and this. I should start a Tumblr or something.