As I was working my way around Hellingly Hospital I saw a wall to the side of a doorframe that had this nice hole in it; there were a few other holes just before it and as soon as I saw them I was, for some reason, attracted to them. However, lining up a shot I thought something was missing from it and couldn’t quite put my finger on what it was…perhaps the light coming in from behind it due to a large hole where the window used to be.
I took a quick glance from the other side of the wall to see if it was better from there, and that’s when I noticed my buddy John setting up a shot further down the corridor; I could see him clearly through this hole and thought that’s the extra thing that was required.
Once John had finished his shot I called him over and had him look through this gap and put his fingers through the lower hole in the wall. The fingers didn’t look right in the shot, so I pulled the camera up closer and a little higher and focussed purely on the eye and nothing else.
I like how the shot turned out in the end; it has a nice sinister tone (I guess that comes with some guy looking through a hole in a wall) and at the same time is a little distant as the eye is not looking directly at the camera.