This portrait of the maiko Makiko reminds me of the calm at the center of a storm.
Although it might look like Makiko is alone here, she is actually surrounded by other geiko and maiko from the Nishimura okiya, and these geiko and maiko are surrounded by scores of photographers and other onlookers.
I made this portrait at the corner of Shijo and Hanamikoji, the busiest intersection in Gion Kobu. I almost never photograph the geiko and maiko I know there. (To find out why, read my post “The Geisha Teruhina and the Photo I Didn’t Take.”)
However, I just had a feeling that I wasn’t going to get many chances with so many people around, and I had better seize the moment while I could.