He just wanted a hug.
The rest of the photographers are out there, taking pictures of the marvellous view. I spot a couple, sitting at the edge of the wall, facing the least marvellous portion of the view: clearly, they are more concerned with each other. Or, at least the guy is more concerned: he tries hugging the girl, drawing her a little closer – showing the affection you want to receive from someone you like very much. She is somewhat resistive; maybe it’s the public space or her lack of affection; we will never know. But she constantly dodges the hugs and turns her head away. In the meantime, I place my camera on the ground, right on their level as I stand in the middle of a staircase (this is not one of those occasions when I forget to bring my tele lens either). This is probably my slowest exposition in terms of waiting time: it takes a full quarter of an hour until there is nobody crossing the field between the camera and the subject, and until my subjects’ body language reflect the “story” I see in them. When I push the exposition button, a man crosses the field, possibly ruining the whole image. It took 3 months to see that the image was not ruined – furthermore, the moment was captured just the way I wanted it.