I mean, come on, right? How amazing is this location? I know we just literally walked in, and as soon as I arrived, I saw these incredible windows, beautiful light streaming in, sort of shafts of light, and then you see all this incredible sort of mechanical bits and pieces everywhere, with you know, the metallic paint. It really reflects beautifully, it tells its own story. I mean, I even love things like the light bulbs hanging down one at a time, and you know, these amazing stairs. I mean, the ceiling here, it literally is, and I'd have to guess, but it looks almost like it's sort of eight or nine stories high. I mean, that is something that you rarely to never get. And of course, it really just sets your mind wondering, what are the stories that actually happened here? Would I introduce those stories to my pictures? But also, not just is the actual story that this place actually has of its own, but as a fashion photographer who's also thinking up things, conjuring up ideas, I imagi...
ne almost like a Blade Runner type scenario happening here in this environment because it's so gritty. It's almost sort of old-school meets sci-fi, and that's what I love about it. You really feel the light hitting me. Now this is all the natural daylight. And of course, naturally, the natural ambient daylight in the room is amazing, it's beautiful, but it's almost a little more romantic. It's a little bit for me, more old-school. It feels like it has a sort of nostalgic feel to it, and you can just sort of see yourself in this light, and you can keep it like that. You can obviously shoot with this light and that's what I'm gonna do. In every scenario, I'm gonna show you sort of what the ambient light is telling me and making me feel, and the story that it's telling. And then of course, I have my first assistant here, Toby, with me, and together, we're gonna light up the scene, and tell my own story. Just look at this room. The light is really dramatic. It's actually quite dark, although there are these gigantic windows everywhere. I'm looking around at all these fantastic things to play with and what have you, and okay, it seems simple, but look at the size of this huge iron chain. I just see this, and it reminds me of sort of a bygone era, but it also, you can feel like you're almost like you're a Titan pulling on it. Things like this help tell stories so well, because your imagination runs riot with what can be done in this environment. The dark walls, all the pipes, the glistening oil, the grease, the tar, the dirt. The story's here, I mean actually look back here. I'm not sure if you can see, it's so dark in here. But there's this really gooey oil on everything. You can imagine a guy working in here, rubbing the oil on his forehead and really being tired, and this being that kind of great, dramatic, nostalgic type of shot. At the same time, you could also sort of imagine almost like a superhero being built out of this kind of equipment that's in here. All kinds of stories come to life, and for me, I'm like, okay, I could use the light coming through this window. I can try and pick up some of the light there. I can bounce this light, I can bring in these light bulbs. That's my ambient light, but I can also tell my own story, and we'll see what we can do with a strobe to really pick up the elements that I'm most interested in. Really brilliant, I want to walk to the next spot. Really cool, just another stunning location. My goodness, I mean, look at this tunnel. You rarely get spaces that are like this, so I mean, when I see a space, I immediately start to think about the story here, and yes, you know, you can see all the tools and the dials and the light bulbs, and you know, the history of the room, but I also imagine it almost as if it's a flight tunnel on a galactic spaceship, for example. So there is a completely different story that maybe I can tell. I can create my sci-fi story as well as this old-school, nostalgic story. I really love it. I'm just in love with all the details. So many things to play off. The paint, the ladder, the lights, the light bulbs hanging from the ceiling. I'm looking at this spot here, and of course I see all these great details and things for the model to play off. And you can imagine people putting coal in here, or oil, or whatever it was to get this generator going. But then I also see the way the light plays through, and I see this ladder coming down and yes, I've got the window here, but I also have the ability to shoot through the ladder and you know, use elements of the building to help tell another story, is am I voyeuristically looking at the person working there? And how will the light play on them, or do I add my own light, and tell a completely different story? I think it's time to get shooting. I've got too many ideas, time to focus.