A silhouette is mysterious. It is an incomplete profile of a person or object. The image gives a partial view by definition.
Often the contrast between dark and light exaggerates the intrigue. Other persons, other elements may be subplots in the frame, but it is the silhouette that draws us in.
A young girl sat on her knees. With legs folded underneath her and at rest above the motion of the water and the bathers, her silhouette suggested an air of confidence. She sat alone under the cover of trees at a place where many seek exposure to the sun. She turned her view to the length of beach, ninety degrees difference from those who stared toward the sea or walked back to their seats and blankets.
To the right of the silhouette just beyond the range of the viewfinder, the little girl’s parents sat angled toward the sea and their daughter. The scene now seemed complete. I took another photo as she posed without effort. I resumed my walk but looked back once more to enjoy the view.