Brian Clark tells me that his video of two female sailors kissing has over 1 million views so far. “I can soundly say that I’ve never produced a video, much less made a photo that has received this much attention,” the Virginian-Pilot videographer writes in an email.
Is there an interesting back-story to share?
I’d echo what [reporter] Corrine [Reilly] said [in this post], comments have been across the board, however, I haven’t directly received any calls or emails from disgruntled or angry readers/viewers. I have fielded several calls from Seattle from folks asking about purchasing the photo. One gentleman called and said he was a social studies teacher and that he wanted to use this historic photo for classroom instruction.
Going into this story we had no idea that this kiss would take place. The public information officer said simply that we should expect a surprise. I was half expecting sailors dressed up as Santa as the ship pulled in. We did get tipped off a bit before that the “first kiss” would be the surprise and it would have national implications.
I think it is important to note that I’m mainly a video producer here at The Pilot. Sometimes we’re short staffed and assignments get tight so I’ll get assigned to do both video and photos. When I learned of the possible national implications, I can tell you I was a bit nervous to be wearing two hats. To be honest, I’m just glad I did my colleagues justice here at The Pilot. I work with an extremely talented photo staff here.
Do you ever predict how an image will be received by readers/viewers?
I suppose with hot button issues I’m always expecting reaction to be across the spectrum. However, I did not predict that it would receive this amount of attention. The video alone stands at over 1-million views in just a few days. Pretty incredible.