As I had said in a previous post, I am going to be doing blog posts on the people involved in the Create Iowa City project that I am working on. This post is for writer Andy Douglas, a writer in Iowa City. I reached out to Andy after hearing he wrote a memoir about his travels and time in Asia as a traveling monk, I knew I had to meet up with him and hear his story.
Andy works in a small room that doubles as a yoga/meditation space. With a large window, it felt calming being in there. He does most of his writing at a wooden desk facing the window, as you can see above. He offered me a cup of tea, which was welcomed given that it was below zero outside and had just snowed.
There was not a lot of space for a light modifier in the room, so I used a smaller umbrella and closed it down over the flash head. If I had left the umbrella open, aside from hitting the ceiling, it would have filled the whole room with an unflattering, washed out light. The look I was going for can be seen above. One that lit his face well, and had a nice fall off. After reviewing the photos on a larger screen, I wish I had a little reflector to put on his right side, to give that side a little pop in light. Darn.
Once I was getting the lighting I wanted, Andy and I discussed my interest in TM (transcendental meditation). He gave me a few pointers and resources to check out. The conversation drifted into an upcoming book that he is working on, and what his goals for that were. By then, I had finished getting the pictures I wanted and was packing up. Once I had packed, I sat on some very comfortable meditation pillows and we chatted a little more about life and what we were planning and looking forward to. It was really easy to talk with him about pretty much anything.
Unfortunately, I couldn't stay and talk with Andy all day, and eventually had to head out. I thanked him for his time and wished him well on his future book. He in turn, was appreciative of the time, and looked forward to the photos.
If you want more info on Andy or to buy a book, check out Andy's website: HERE.
If you want a quick bio of Andy, head over to my Create Iowa City project: HERE