Unconditional Surrender (The Kiss), San Diego

Unconditional Surrender Statue

In the Port of San Diego stands a 25-foot-tall replica of the famous photograph by Alfred Eisenstaedt, V-J Day in Times Square. The photo ran in Life Magazine in 1945 with the caption, "In New York's Times Square a white-clad girl clutches her purse and skirt as an uninhibited sailor plants his lips squarely on hers."

In the background is the USS Midway, a now-retired aircraft carrier that was commissioned in 1945, only a month after Eisenstaedt took his iconic photo.

 


25 Responses to “Unconditional Surrender (The Kiss), San Diego”

  1. Kelly Chiodi says:

    Here from Sweet Shot Tuesday.
    I had no idea there was a statue dedicated to this photo. That’s awesome.
    Wonderful capture of it.. nice composition and beautiful light. Makes them look very life-like.

    · March 20, 2012 @ 9:21 am

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  2. Shoni says:

    Love the composition of this shot!

    · March 20, 2012 @ 9:33 am

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  3. MG Atwood says:

    Breathtaking! So gorgeous.

    · March 20, 2012 @ 10:54 am

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  4. Prem says:

    Very iconic place… I’d love to visit this someday.

    · March 20, 2012 @ 11:19 am

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  5. Pia says:

    Great shot! Amazing!

    · March 20, 2012 @ 2:44 pm

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  6. Great shot! And love the edit! Happy WW!

    · March 20, 2012 @ 3:44 pm

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  7. melody says:

    Fantastic shot! Love the colors! :)

    · March 20, 2012 @ 3:55 pm

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  8. Julie says:

    Nice photo! You are invited to share your photo here:

    http://juliejewels.blogspot.com/2012/03/wordless-wednesday-fish-tank.html

    · March 20, 2012 @ 4:49 pm

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  9. lisa says:

    This is wonderful Ashley”

    · March 20, 2012 @ 5:04 pm

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  10. Wow, gorgeous! That sky is so pretty ;)

    · March 20, 2012 @ 6:26 pm

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  11. Joyful says:

    Wonderful capture of a beautiful scene!

    · March 20, 2012 @ 7:05 pm

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  12. Jennifer_StudioJRU says:

    Wow! That is an amazing image! Gorgeous!

    · March 20, 2012 @ 7:15 pm

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  13. Avery Chipka says:

    Great photo I give it a B-! JK

    · March 20, 2012 @ 8:13 pm

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  14. Emily says:

    WOW! The composition is amazing and those colors are stunning! Thank you for sharing.

    · March 20, 2012 @ 9:02 pm

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  15. Desirae R says:

    What a lovely picture. Love the processing!

    · March 21, 2012 @ 12:31 am

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  16. Mira Crisp says:

    I love that classic photograph and I had no idea there is a sculpture too. Beautiful colorful shot Ashley!

    · March 21, 2012 @ 1:03 am

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  17. Linda says:

    I have seen that photo many times, but didn’t know there was a statue! What a gorgeous capture!

    · March 21, 2012 @ 2:43 am

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  18. Susan says:

    Wow…what a great shot. Love your compostition!

    · March 21, 2012 @ 8:19 am

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  19. Kent Weakley says:

    Love this image Ashley. Thanks for sharing!

    · March 21, 2012 @ 5:48 pm

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  20. Christine says:

    The colors in this image are stunning!

    · March 21, 2012 @ 8:00 pm

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  21. Sarah says:

    WOW! So amazing.

    · March 21, 2012 @ 8:05 pm

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  22. Jaymi says:

    wow that is a really beautiful shot! The detail and color you were able to get from the sky while still properly exposing the foreground is really impressive!

    · March 22, 2012 @ 11:49 am

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    • Ashley says:

      Thanks Jaymi! It’s actually an HDR!

      · March 22, 2012 @ 11:57 am

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  23. Leah H. says:

    Beautiful and interesting!

    Visiting for Wordless Wednesday- hope you can stop by:)

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    · March 24, 2012 @ 11:35 pm

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  24. Dayle says:

    Great shot! We were in San Diego in August last year and this was one of our favorite areas. That sculpture is simply magnificent and larger than life. We toured the USS Midway and enjoyed eating at The Fish Market several times. Beautful city.

    · March 27, 2012 @ 10:57 am

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