Behind You

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    April 23rd, 2011 - Lisbon, Portugal

    This is one of those photographs that occasionally repay the futile efforts we street photographers so often make in search of the arresting image. When I saw the stencilled girl (who is actually much smaller than she looks) on this street corner, I was convinced I could catch a great picture of her looking back over her shoulder at someone heading up the street. So I crouched down in the Lisbon drizzle and waited. I must have been there for twenty minutes and taken a dozen or more not entirely satisfactory shots - the person needed to be walking up the near side of the street; there couldn't be any other people in view; and so on - when this chap obligingly looked round at, well, the decisive moment.

    I think it looks better lightboxed.

    *** Update April 10th, 2012 ***

    Many thanks to all those people coming here via the Colossal website, or the Colossal Facebook page - and special thanks of course to Christopher for including this image in one of his Flickr selections.

    -fCh-, ... Tina, cmvoelkel (away), and 406 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. mosgroen_ 25 months ago | reply

      Great catch and a little bit funny because it makes me think of a photo I took on the street: :)

    2. neilsonparc 24 months ago | reply

      Hi - I love this photo, and have added it to the Portugal page of my website I've attributed copyright of the photo to yourself, and have also linked the copyright credit back to this page. Please let me know if you would like me to remove the photo or change the link or copyright credit. THANKS

    3. Harris Hui (in search of light) 24 months ago | reply

      This is very good shot! Tom

    4. yammay 22 months ago | reply

      Brilliant-- your determination really paid off

    5. Roberto Bardarè 19 months ago | reply

      You are brilliant

    6. durand clark 19 months ago | reply

      Excellent image.

    7. astolfi23 15 months ago | reply

      I love your work, great picture!

    8. Photos_BiblioPhiLe 15 months ago | reply

      Congratulations, because your picture is posted in

      Fine Street Photography

    9. Nikonist65 15 months ago | reply

      Very good shot. You really have the eye for street photography!

      Congratulations, because your picture is posted in

      Fine Street Photography

    10. bt0070 14 months ago | reply

      Perfect street shot!!!

    11. Lostcork 13 months ago | reply

      Great job, well worth the wait!

    12. ALPAL79 [deleted] 8 months ago | reply

      Incredible candid shot...well done !

    13. fabyd 8 months ago | reply

      very good!

    14. alb.montagna 7 months ago | reply

      Great shot and very good composition!

    15. coollessons2004 3 months ago | reply

      A whimsical gem

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