The Story of the Kissing Couple
Flanked by police with shields and batons battling a riot following the Vancouver Canucks NHL loss, a young couple kissed.
The striking image has been splashed around the world over the past few days and now the couple has been identified. The mystery identity of the couple kissing while lying on a Vancouver street as riot police battled crowds following the Canucks' Stanley Cup loss has been revealed as Australian Scott Jones and his Canadian girlfriend Alex Thomas.
Scott has been in the country for six months, working as a bar tender while he tries to make it as a stand-up comedian. Alex is a student at the University of Guelph in Ontario and the couple have not been dating long.
"They were between the riot police and the rioters, and the riot police were actually charging forward, and Alex got knocked by a [police] shield and fell to the ground," [Scott] was comforting her and gave her a kiss to say, 'It's going to be OK' and the photographer just took the shot at that moment."
"Everything happened so fast that there was just massive confusion all around. I was trying to understand what was going on. The photo was definitely not something we expected to happen," said Thomas. The couple is leaving in three days on a trip to California, before Scott heads back to Australia. Thomas said the response from her friends and family has been overwhelming. "When I saw that picture I couldn't believe it and then I looked at it more and realize it's quite artistic and really something beautiful."
Raw video from traumatized student photographer, Emily Nicole Edgar, trapped on the roof of a parkade on Seymour, between Georgia and Robson.