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Photographing #younglove with @juliaxanthos

To see more photos from Julia Xanthos and her on-going project photographing couples in love, follow @juliaxanthos on Instagram.

Between photo assignments, Julia Xanthos (@juliaxanthos) looks for love. As she bustles through New York City as a staff photographer for the New York Daily News, Julia stops to photograph couples kissing on park benches, hugging in the subways, holding hands on the train, and embracing on top of skyscrapers—all posted with the hashtag #younglove. “There are never enough pictures of people in love,” she says.

Even as a young photo student, Julia was drawn to taking pictures of people kissing. “In college, I really loved the fact that people would let their guard down if I put my camera up.” She adds, “I just always look for it. I don’t know why. It’s just there.”

The effect of photographing so many intimate moments has not been lost on her personally. “Taking pictures of people kissing has helped me heal my heart and also open it up at the same time,” she says. Recently, Julia got engaged and the feeling of falling in love is beyond words, or pictures, for her. “There’s no hashtag for it, I’ll say that. It’s just been the most beautiful experience of opening my heart up to somebody who is so incredible and is the love of my life. I don’t know any other way to put it.”

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Some people spend their lives searching for love. Photographer Julia Xanthos manages to catch glimpses of it between newspaper assignments.

Throughout New York City’s five boroughs, whether on train platforms, in public parks or by coastal vistas, she has documented the raw, early stages of love—and in the process changed her own opinions on the topic. Xanthos, a photojournalist/videographer with the New York Daily News, has been working for more than a year on “#younglove,” a series of portraits of young couples displaying their affections publicly.

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I still want you, I still need you. I still crave the perfection of your smooth lips embracing mine. I still want to feel your warm hands holding my freezing ones. I am not done with you because you left me with no goodbye. I still smile when you cross my mind, and I hate every second of it because it makes me realize that I treassure you and you did not even see a penny behind my ear.

When you look back on a past love with only the fondest of memories, not even remembering why it didn’t work out. In my experience, it doesn’t happen very often!


-Alicia N Green


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