[ short for tableau vivant (from French, literally, living picture) ] : a depiction of a scene usually presented on a stage by silent and motionless costumed participants
I like this image. The title came to me even before I snapped the shutter. Perhaps influenced by our recent visit to see Rembrandt's masterworks or that we were sitting in Rembrantplein with an imposing statue of the master accompanied by his Night's Watch just to our right. Either way the composition is pleasing. They seemed to have purposely positioned themselves as if for a portrait. On the left an attractive, young couple have a discussion, make eye contact; the woman, fingers mingled, leans in as if to emphasize a point, the man, unthreatened, leans away, why? Next, a woman dressed in white, eyes closed, gathering sun on what I remember to be an overcast and rainy day. Leading then to a disinterested lad who nearly ends the composition; but a latecomer, arriving after I waited for the cross traffic to clear stands as a bookend reading something in Chinese, perhaps a guidebook explaining the importance of the man on the pedestal.