GABE HAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY
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If you talk to nearly anybody in the Iowa City arts community, they probably know Bobby Jett. Bobby's connections to the Iowa City scene goes beyond the arts. Ask him anything about Iowa City history, and he either knows it, or can connect you directly with the person that does. Somebody with that sort of local influence and connection is perfect for the Create Iowa City project I am working on.
I got a hold of Bobby through Facebook. He seemed excited as soon as I described the project to him. He wasn't sure if his creativity would be suitable. I assured him that what he does is exactly what I want for the project. Bobbys' creativity lies in making pies. If you want one of the pies that you see on the cover of magazines, go to Bobby. He is a master of the craft. He has tried hundreds of recipes, and has gotten his process down perfectly. What makes them even more special, is that the proceeds from them are donated to the Johnson County Crisis Center-Food Bank.
For the photos, Bobby invited me into his home, and kitchen. I am a sucker for a good high end kitchen, and Bobby's is set up for cooking. By the time I had my gear ready, he had already had all his ingredients organized. Almost like they were on display. The kitchen is surrounded by glass walls, so there was an abundance of natural light, which is great. The problem lied in that it was raining outside, and there was no "umph" in the images. To overcome this, I set up a light on the side of the wall. I angled the light as if it was a light from a fridge door that had been left open.
As I wandered around trying to get the angle I wanted for the photos, we discussed his affinity for Iowa City, and where his love of history started. He hand mixed a pie crust for a pie he was making later. Never missing a beat, even with a light going off and talking with me the whole time. Bobby is for sure an artist of pies.