Caracas, Venezuela: I was covering a Caracas rally against Nicolas Maduro’s government. Students were setting up a blockade and several had been arrested. They were organizing their counter-attack against the police when this girl, ironically the daughter of a government employee, suddenly appeared with a stone in her hand. I pointed my camera towards her as she walked up to her boyfriend and kissed him intensely in the midst of disaster.
The challenge and the biggest reward of this picture was capturing something different to the tear bombs and shooting, an intimate and personal moment in the middle of chaos, something with soul and heart.
The moment I took it, I knew this photo had something special, but I didn’t realize the image’s power until next day, when it went viral on social media. The photo is inspiring. Love is everywhere.
Anti-government protesters kiss during a protest against Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro’s government in Caracas, March 22, 2014.