I’ve always hated this photo. It has something to do with the man’s left arm, the way it’s balled up in a fist like that, and the way her arm just dangles - she’s not grabbing him back.
I’ve just always thought it looked creepy and sort of animalistic. There’s nothing loving about it, and it always unnerved me that romantically-minded girls would buy posters of it or post it on Pinterest.
Anyway, apparently it’s been confirmed that the people in this photo were complete strangers - the sailor just saw a woman passing by and grabbed her and she couldn’t get away - and this makes so much sense to me.