13th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Smoke, Wine, and Roses
The smoke symbolizes mystery, it provokes curiosity. This is what first draws the person in. The wine glass symbolizes the delicate body of someone who has made themselves vulnerable by falling in love. This is what holds the rose. The rose represents love itself.
This image tells two different love stories, depending on the way the viewer perceives one specific detail. On the front of the glass, you can see a drip of the wine running down the glass. Does this represent the broken-hearted lover's tears? Or, does it represent the overflowing abundance of love spilling over?
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||Oct. 8, 2015, 12:01 p.m.