In the Mood: Varieties of Valentine's Love

By Christopher Harrity

Originally published on Advocate.com February 08 2014 5:00 AM ET

Whether you believe that love is a thief in the night, that love stinks, or is a battlefield, or that love means never having to say you're sorry, this is the time of year when love is in the air. Love can take many forms and expressions — it can be an elevated spiritual experience, it can feel like a gut-wrenching ache, and everyone knows that a great love affair can change the course of history.

Perhaps no one is better suited to illustrate the amazing power of love, than our contributing artists and photographers. These images, collected from The Advocate's ongoing Artist Spotlight series, show the range of love: from sweet and tender, to raging, heart-racing, and all-consuming.


Kris Knight


Timothy Cummings


Eugene Jansson


Paul Jacoulet



Hans Thoma




Jamil Hellu



David Trullo


José Manuel Hortelano-Pi



John Koch



Jim French



Paul Freeman



Ralph Chubb



Peter Samuelson


Byron Motley


Survival House 1977


M. Sharkley


Philip Bonneau


Wendi Kali


Kevin Slack


Tom Bianchi


Greg Zabilski


B. Proud


Mitch Kitter and Shalem Mathew


John Arsenault


Alexander Kargelstev