Miami - In the middle of the devastating Syrian refugee crisis that has taken the world by storm with daily images and videos of suffering migrants in inhumane conditions, a Syrian couple has touched millions of hearts with a tender kiss.
Miami – In the middle of the devastating Syrian refugee crisis that has taken the world by storm with daily images and videos of suffering migrants in inhumane conditions, a Syrian couple has touched millions of hearts with a tender kiss.
The last thing Hungarian photographer István Zsíros had in mind when he went down to Keleti railway station in Budapest on August 30, was to capture a unique image that would steal everyone’s attention through social media and make them forget for a moment the atrocities undergone by migrants.
The photo of a Syrian refugee couple sharing a romantic kiss and embrace inside of a tent, surrounded by dozens of other refugee families laid out on the floor and in sleeping bags, has demonstrated that when there is love, nothing else matters.
István shared with Slate.fr: “It was the first time I was taking pictures of refugees. I wanted to see with my own eyes, as elsewhere in the media. I was there for twenty to twenty-five minutes. And a kind of higher force ‘told’ me to look at this scene, and this divine help gave me the opportunity to take this picture. I saw this couple, and it was really touching, especially in this environment. So I took the picture.”
We do not know much more about the identities of the couple, yet what is important is what this kiss represents and what it reminds us of. The endless demonstrations of love can come at the best and worst moments in life and everything in between. Love can soften and move the hearts of even the hardest of individuals. Love has no language, no barriers, no limits, no origin but the deepest of feelings in one’s soul.
When love between people is so strong that no hardship can touch it, we all win. Love conquers! And when a pair of human beings show us how they were able to put their unfortunate situation behind and devote a moment to each other in the name of the one thing they still have, which is their feelings….that is a scene to remember.
Photographer Istvàn who has been capturing images from nature “that can touch the soul” for the last 10 years, tells Slate.fr that he currently photographs mostly weddings.
Through history we have seen several images like this of photographers capturing kisses that have become globally famous. Namely, Slate.fr recalls “The Kiss of Times Square” between a sailor and a nurse in 1945 at the end of World War II.
Emotionally taken by his own photo, István says a phrase shared by many, “Love is the only thing that transcends space and time.”