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.