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IN LGBT ON 15 Feb, 2016
You lift me up with your love.
Love is the feeling of lifting that soul up to meet the other person's imperfections and falling in it's deep ecstasy.
Valentine's day just went by and Huff Post photographer Damon Dahlen went over to homes of 14 different queer couples in New York City and shot their portraits but with a little twist i.e. one of them should atleast be levitating.
Dahlen told the Huffington Post," I have been shooting similar pictures for 6 years now and I never grow tired of it." He added on by saying that," It's like putting together a puzzle with so many variables in play that there is always that chance that you might not get the photo! It's exciting! For this particular shoot I toyed with the idea that love doesn't fit in a box and by levitating the couples the photo itself also stayed true to this idea. Hence 'Lovatation' was born!"
Let's scroll to see the beautiful couple 'Lovatating'.
Marcos (the one levitating) and Shawn met online and decided to go out to a favorite restaurant that was halfway for each other and Marcos ended up suffering from food poisoning and throwing up in front of Shawn. They say that love is trusting and caring someone so much that it makes you vulnerable. It''s like you have someone in your life like a friend, someone who encourages you and makes you feel completely secure about what you are.
Christina, the one pictured high in love said that they met on Tinder and met in Miami for a short trip. She said Yasemine hopped in a cab and met Christina at her hotel. They talked for hours and clicked together. Before they left Miami, they knew they were ready to make the Long distance work. Christina being from New York and Yasemine being from San Francisco managed being together even when miles apart and it's been almost two years. They say love means perseverance, resilience and devotion. It means to be selfless and open to share parts of you, whether good or bad for better or for worse staying together through all times, learning to grow and being happy.
Regan being the one on cloud nine met Amy at match.com and it's been three years since they are together. For them love is an inspiration. It's about being in awe of the other and feel for how it lifts your soul up to your words and happiness. For them, it's waking up to each other, smartass remarks and wrestling, dreaming in each other's arms and sunday brunches. It's like they finally found a home.
Dana (the one levitating) met Wissam at Grindr. Speaking really short, a hookup turned into several dates and later falling for each other. It's been six years for them and they got married in 2013. For them love is that person who laughs at all your silly jokes, your confident, someone who you are always comfortable being around in every situation.
Stephanie, the one who is levitating met Karina a year ago through a mutual friend on a wedding. Although she was with her Ex at that time she grew awestruck. For them love is having a partner in crime.
Michael, the one being high on life met Kevin while he was on a business meeting. Well, it is said Tinder is working just right for lovers and so did it for them. They swiped each other right and met. Few months later they found each other moving their stuff to New York. For them love is about someone who you can grow spiritually with. Marriage is optimistic; a belief in the future. While you don't know what the future may bring, you do know that you want to go forward with each other.
Iman, the one levitating met Jean at the gym. They have been together since five and a half years. For Iman, love is giving her life to Jean-Manuel, feeling safe as we create a home and a family, living in total honesty to each other. And for Jean, love is waking up every morning with his first thought being about Iman, watching her asleep and wondering how he could make her life better.
Mia, the one at the bottom met Sarah in college. They had a lot of mutual friends and soon exchanged numbers connecting through Instagram. They have been together for 2 years and for them love is nothing but
Ryan (the person held aloft) met Matthew in college. They both worked for the campus newspaper and he spilled drink over Matthew's pant at a party. For them, love is partnership. Because love is like grout, it holds the cracks together. When a tile slips out of place, the other person patches it up. It takes time to learn how to do that, and they're not sure they've ever quite done. But when two people want to keep learning, like Ryan and Mathew do, the union never breaks.
Alexandra and Nayeli met through a friend at school and luckily ended up in the same class. They have been together for 3 years now and they wish to spend more together. For them, love is a feeling that evolves. Love is supporting the other person in every which way. Love is like living in a moment of spontaneous laughter and finding really good Mexican tacos in Brooklyn. Love is like getting lost in a good book and never wanting to leave.
Cole and Parker met in college and have been together for two years now. For them, love is a balance of sharing in the joy of our similarities while challenging each other through the complexities of difference. It is as much a project of self as it is a project of partnership; it inspires security as much as it requires faith. Ultimately, love rewards, tests, and nurtures.
Daniel (the one levitating) met Rishi through a mutual in the city and found something more than being "just friends". It's been 5 years since they are together and according to them love is
Sarah (the one pictured levitating) met Jess through friends at a lesbian bar in Park shop and it's been 3 and a half years ever since. For them love is finding a partner who knows who you are and still wants to have adventures with you.
Cliff and Ryan crossed paths while in school in Arizona and than again in NYC. They have been together for 8 years and they believe love is a total understanding. A trust and a confidence in taking on life and succeeding in anything, no matter what, because of the strength in one another.