This photo, of two unidentified people (apparently) making out on the street surrounded by riot cops, is just about the only good thing to emerge from Vancouver's intense hockey riots, which erupted last night following the Canucks' Stanley Cup loss.
But The Atlantic Wire tracked down the photographer behind the shot, Getty's Richard Lam, to get his take. And while he says he doesn't want to "speculate," he doesn't seem to think it was a set-up:
"What you don't see in the frame is that 20 feet beyond is the mounted [police] squad, on horseback. I don't think they were in any mood for people to be playing around setting something up like this. There were dogs too. I wasn't hanging around at all, it was chaos. Maybe someone had a really brilliant idea to do it, I don't know. I don't want to speculate... The police line had just moved, there was tear gas, people were getting pepper sprayed, there was a lot going on."
So, no, it doesn't seem like the kiss was staged—but neither was it some spontaneous expression of sexy Canadian hetero lust amidst the fiery chaos of crust punks piggy-backing on a hockey riot. They may not even be kissing at all, just... keeping their faces really close to one another. (Of course, we'd love to hear otherwise! Let us know if you know anything else about the now-famous riot makeout.)