I have always been intrigued by architecture that is hidden within buildings. Working mainly in water/snow sports, I have never had many opportunities to capitalize within the locations I have found.
With the final days of the submission process coming to a close; I pulled three locations in the Los Angeles area I had never been to, but knew could work for skate, BMX, tricking, etc. If I could find an athlete, I would be flying in the the final submission day and would need to hit all the locations and get the images uploaded that evening.
Luckily Broc Raiford was in the Los Angles area for the day before flying out for a competition. Still unsure of the locations and the ability to make them work, I booked the flights, packed the gear and headed out the next day.
The original plan was to shoot in the evening to control the light but as I arrived to the first location, the natural sunlight was perfectly bleeding into the garage. I pulled the trigger on having Broc come out to make the magic happen and was shooting within two hours of landing at the airport.
We managed to hit three locations with three totally different looks to make a series to submit. Because of the single light set up with the new Elinchrom One, we were able to get in and out of the locations before anyone even knew that we were there.
I really love the James Bond like effect the spiral garage gives with Broc dead center. The image was lit with a single Elinchrom One strobe head mixed with all natural light bouncing off the buildings above the open roof garage.