The conversation that led to that was something like this:
"so we were gonna do a two page spread with you meeting the person living there, but that guy didn't want to cooperate. Can you go there at 1pm and bring something to show, like your calculation on something?"
"uh that's not really possible but I can bring some stuff for the photographer to work with, like rulers n shit. Or is that too cheesy?"
"no not at all! People love cheesy."
I was thinking of creating a cross on the pavement, but the photographer wanted some depth so he came up with this. It makes little to no sense but it's a fun picture.