Secret Lovers

“It was after midnight and jet black. One of those nights when the moon forgets to come out… but the sweethearts like that. I took my shoes off so as not to get sand in them and went walking in my stocking feet on the beach, being careful not to bump into couples. I wouldn’t want to disturb them for the world. Once in a while I would hear a giggle or a happy laugh, so I aimed my camera and took a picture in the dark using invisible light. It was so still. Once in a while there would be a flicker of a match lighting a cigarette. Love making is so exhausting… a happy kind of exhaustion… and a cigarette gives one a chance to rest up and hear the heartbeat of one’s partner….”, Weegee

Weegee, [Young man and woman embracing on the sand, Coney Island, Brooklyn], ca. 1943 (2042.1993)

“I walked nearer to the water’s edge and stopped to rest against a Life Guard Station look-out. I thought I heard a movement from above so I aimed my camera high and took a photo, thinking it was a couple who like to be exclusive and do their love making nearer the sky. When I developed the picture, I saw that the only occupant on the look-out had been a girl looking dreamily towards the Atlantic Ocean… What was she doing there alone among all the lovers….?”,  Weegee

Weegee, [Girl on lifeguard station, Coney Island, Brooklyn], ca. 1940 (136.1982)



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