Kissing the Ground

Martin Lel of Kenya after winning the New York City Marathon.

Soldiers from the 10th Mountain Division return to the U.S. after 15 months in Iraq. BAGnewsNotes calls this “a sexualized supplication ritual.” To me, it also has weird overtones of Muslim prayer.

One thing that strikes me about these two images is that neither involves kissing the actual earth. Instead, men are kissing the pavement we have put between us and the earth. There is a tragic element in these photos, an element of unrequited love.

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