I wrote about taking photographs on the wonk in my article Working with Dutch Angles.
Turns out (from the exif data) I shot this at half past eight in the evening - it should come as no suprise that I had been for a cigarette given that this data means I must have been still at work at that ungodly hour. It had been on my mind for sometime to capture the stairwell, and at that time of night there was very little chance anybody would trudge by just as I was arranging the shot. I don't see how having a person in view could possibly have worked.
Since this is the BBC, I naturally wanted an anonymous state machine feel to the image.
Is this what Ansel Adams meant when he talked about previsualisation? He seemed to make the whole concept rather complex for my mind. Sometimes, particularly with still subjects, its good to construct a narrative; whether or not that's the story you end up telling.
the term [pre]visualization refers to the entire emotional-mental process of creating a photographAnsel Adams
It shouldn't be hard.