‘Kiss of Peace’-Cameron
Cameron’s ‘Turtle Doves’
I am currently working on my final paper. One of the pictures that I am analyzing is Julia Cameron’s ” Turtle Doves.” At first glance, the first thing that probably comes to mind is that it is a sensual picture. The two girls in the photo are embracing each other, and their lips are together in what seems to be an open-mouth kiss. Is it erotic? I argue that it its not quite, but rather it is representing devoted love. It seems as if Cameron is not only looking towards biblical scriptures for inspiration to create her ‘Madonna and Child’ photographs. It seems as if she is also getting inspiration to create her “kiss of peace.” The kiss of Peace” is common in the bible.
I Peter 5:14 states: Greet one another with a kiss of love”
The kisses in these images are not meant to be taken as sexual kisses. Instead, they are meant to represent what they did in a biblical sense.