The moment I saw this in a department store, I wanted an image of it.
There was one small problem. It was on the wall behind the doors of the secluded corridor housing the ‘facilities’ (restrooms, washrooms, loos, WCs). I was toting my Canon G10 as usual (in hand) and the corridor wasn’t wide enough for a head-on shot so I realized I would have to shoot diagonally. You can’t really loiter outside ‘facilities’ with a camera, and there were ladies in the corridor too, so I went in ‘my’ door (having pocketed the camera) and then re-emerged. All was quiet – corridor empty. Out came the camera. I decided to use flash to assist the contrast of off-white wall and black graphics. Camera all set, aimed diagonally toward the end-of-corridor door…..
There is a very slight lag on a compact camera. That was enough for the flash to fire precisely as a lady opened the corridor’s door!
To say she was momentarily startled would be a slight understatement. There was the briefest of pauses before she continued her journey through the doors, eyes firmly fixed on me. ‘I was just taking a picture of the graphics’ I explained. ‘I’m a photographer’, I added helpfully. She said nothing, her face frozen. What was going through her mind I will never know. She walked purposefully through the door of the ‘Ladies’ without hesitation and I swiftly headed for the exit. Phew!
Very nearly in hot water – all in pursuit of an image!