When I studied abroad in Prague from February to June 2015, I spent a lot of time exploring parks and green spaces.
I also quickly noticed I was one of the only people walking along without some sort of dog or lover companion.
For people who don’t often make eye contact with strangers, Czech people have off-the-charts PDA.
I thought this was stunning and hilarious so I decided to take advantage of it through a photo series. Most of the photos are from Prague in the daytime, and I expanded as I traveled to other cities across Europe.
When I saw people locking lips on the street, I would snap quick selfies. I challenged myself to make sure the people in the picture didn’t know I was taking it, which was never really much of a challenge at all:
I found these two making out on the sidewalk as I was on my way to meet friends in downtown Prague.
Objects are closer than they appear.
Just about all of these were more than quick pecks – I had to have the time to notice the pair kissing, find my phone, position it and snap the picture all while they were still smooching.
I felt like pictures in bars were kind of cheap shots, but this happened at my table so I made an exception.
Not my best work. The three of us were the only ones in sight, and I was happy to keep my distance.
This one was an accomplishment. Partly because I ran four miles before I took this picture, partly because it was my only horizontal find.
In this one, it almost looks like one person sitting on a Madrid park bench. It looked that way in person too
These two were feeling the heat on a balmy June afternoon in Italy. Really, what better way to pass the time between train strikes?
Krakow, Poland, is surrounded by an outstanding green belt. These two took full advantage of it.
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