PERFECT LOVE: Favorite Shots

The best pictures capture those all too brief moments that define us as people. These are the unguarded moments. All too often love seems the most elusive, or the rarest of moments, or perhaps it is our tendency to miss those moments, and when we do find them they seem a complete surprise.

The first shot, I was setting up a shot of a fisherman at the end of a pier one morning at sunrise. The couple in the foreground were unintended at first. I’d seen them further down on the pier. He was talking and she was lost fully in every word he said. Finally she pulled him to the end of the pier, obviously intending that their first kiss should be as perfect as possible. When he wouldn’t shut up, she grabbed him and … That’s when I snapped the photo.

The Second was in Bosnia, at a little corner restaurant near the old Turkish bazaar. Mom is my sister-in-law, Olja, with her daughter, Ivana. It was a spontaneous moment. I happened to have the camera up at the right moment to capture Ivana’s sublime expression.

Third was at an art fair in Evanston, north of Chicago in 2010. She actually stood there for some time, looking at him this way as he jammed on a homemade string instrument. Call me crazy, but there’s a little something going on behind the scenes with the Gypsy Guerrilla Band.

But is love a magic spell only people can share, or is it something that transcends and draws a greater bond, encompassing the emotion, physical and instinctual? As with this mother and child taken at Brookfield Zoo in 2006…

…or community…

…or safety and companionship…

…or nearness and familiarity…



…or something more?

*All photos by W.C. Turck

About 900poundgorilla

W.C. Turck is a Chicago playwright and the author of four widely acclaimed books.His latest is "The Last Man," a prophetic novel of a world ruled by a single corporation. His first novel, "Broken: One Soldier's Unexpected Journey Home," was reccommended by the National Association of Mental Health Institutes. His 2009 Memoir, "Everything for Love" chronicled the genocide in Bosnia and the siege of Sarajevo. His third book "Burn Down the Sky" is published exclusively on Amazon Kindle. It was in Sarajevo at the height of the siege where he met and married his wife, writer and Artist Ana Turck. FOX NEWS, ABC, CBS News, the Chicago Tribune and The Joliet Herald covered their reunion after the war. He helped organized relief into Rwanda during the 1994 genocide. Turck has been a guest on WMAQ-TV, WLS in Chicago, WCPT, WBBM radio, National Public Radio, Best Of the Left and the Thom Hartmann show. He has spoken frequently on Human Rights, Genocide and Nationalism. In 2011, his play in support of the Occupy Movement, "Occupy My Heart-a revolutionary Christmas Carol" recieved national media attention and filled theaters to capacity across Chicago. He remains an activist to the cause of human rights and international peace. View all posts by 900poundgorilla

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