“If this isn’t love, then maybe I’m crazy!” Happy Valentine’s Day 2016!

Man and wife drinking Kruger beer, 1952.  Alternate title: "If this isn't love, than maybe I'm crazy!" One of Harold's all-time favorite photographs.
Man and wife drinking Kruger beer, 1952. Alternate title: “If this isn’t love, than maybe I’m crazy!” One of Harold’s all-time favorite photographs. A possible book cover for the book of the same name!
Reminders on my refrigerator, 2016, © Judith Thompson
Reminders on my refrigerator, 2016, © Judith Thompson

One of Harold’s favorite expressions was, “If this isn’t love, then maybe I’m crazy!” He often sang the words with a catchy tune. I later discovered that the song was from the Broadway musical Finian’s Rainbow. The original lyrics said: “If this isn’t love, the whole world is crazy”, but Harold’s adaptation was definitely truer to the man himself!

One of his pet projects was to get a book published of the same title. Mock-ups have been made and it’s still a project on my plate. In honor of Valentine’s Day I chose a few love photos from his seven decade career to share. I’ve added a few of his comments recorded from interviews and conversations with publishers.

A morning's musing from Harold, 2014
A morning’s musing from Harold, 2014

Since it’s the first time in 28 years I’ve faced a Valentine’s Day without him, I’ve also taken the liberty of adding a few personal photos of the love and joy we shared together. I wish the same kind of love for everyone. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Seeking Shade, 1946, Coney Island
Seeking Shade, 1946, Coney Island. “I remember this couple well. I was shooting with my Rolleiflex and came behind them at midday and took about two rolls. At one point he put up the umbrella to protect them from the sun and it was the perfect shot.”
Sergeant Flirting on boardwalk, 1951
Sergeant Flirting on boardwalk, 1951. “This guy was probably on leave and had just a few hours with his girlfriend. A sweet moment!”
Bidding Farewell, Camp Kilmer, NJ, 1953
Bidding Farewell, Camp Kilmer, NJ, 1953. “This was the hardest time of our lives. Saying good-bye and not knowing if and when we would return.”
Lover's recline, 1965
Lover’s recline, 1965. “This couple were friends of mine and they let me in on their most intimate moments.”
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Greenwich Village couple, 1977. “I had a lot of fun with these guys, who shared a large apartment with a bunch of other men in the Village. It was relaxed and easy.”
Dancer's embrace,  Shelter Island, 1974
Dancer’s embrace, Shelter Island, 1974. “These women were from a dance troupe. I instructed everyone on the shoot to take their clothes off and got a bunch of lovely nudes. This was one.”
Puppy Love, Crete, 1987.  "I took so many photos of this couple. Give me two people in love -- and without their cloths on -- who are playful and enjoying themselves.  Heaven on earth!"
Puppy Love, Crete, 1987. “I took so many photos of this couple. Give me two people in love — and without their clothes on — who are playful and enjoying themselves. Heaven on earth!”
Judith and Harold share a kiss at Harold's Tribute party, 2014, © Ryan Sanborn
Judith and Harold share a kiss at Harold’s Tribute party, 2014, © Ryan Sanborn
Two red and white tulips, 2004.  "You know what they say:  Two lips are better than one!"
Two red and white tulips, 2004. “You know what they say: Two lips are better than one!”

“Two lips are better than one!”

3 comments

  1. Allan

    Beautiful images and sentiments! Our thoughts are with you on this Valentine’s weekend, Judith.

  2. Barbara

    All so beautiful !

  3. Jean Clink

    That was so sweet, Judith. Thank you for sharing these!

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