I certainly found the photos connected me with the artist behind works I'd encountered in exhibitions or books in a new way. Given how paint is applied in Hambling's work, it was a surprise to see her studio walls and floor aren't smothered in paint too.
This photo of Hambling could be one of her taking a smoke break except that another photo shows her at work cigarette in hand, so it could be one of her waiting for the muse to arrive. Hambling apparently "works all the hours she can ... until the muse arrives"2 and if the muse doesn't, the canvas will be destroyed. Nothing's said though about how long before she decides the muse isn't going to arrive.
References: Artists and Their Studios by McCabe and McNay, p6 and p12.