This shows the importance of several things:
- the building must be in a fit state to photograph
- the client must specify their interests and needs in a detailed brief and verbal instructions
- a physical walk through with the client does wonders
It may sound as though I am contradicting myself, hence the need for clarification.
The third space is what interests me. Not my individual interpretation alone, nor the standard conventional recipes that architects stick too. The third space is what comes from collaboration and can produce, I believe, the most interesting work. Both artists and client need to be receptive and able to work that way for it to be a success.
In this instance, a third space is not really what the client is asking for. Rather, they have very specific needs: exact ideas of content and vantage points. Deviation from these will not be considered. So it is a disaster for the photographer in that situation to be left to their own devices. A total waste of time and energy for everyone involved. That said, once the check list is completed in a situation like this, you can still go through and shoot whatever interesting additional things remain. Quite often that procedure produces what they like to call the money shot, which is really just a minor surprise within acceptable boundary lines.