Hi everybody. I have been mulling a personal photo project around in my head for a while. I wanted to capture creative people in the Iowa City, Iowa. I really want to try and get them in "their space". Something like getting a writer at their desk, or a painter in their studio. When we see the finished product of a creative piece, you hardly ever see much of the behind the scenes that went into it. I think that it’s an inherent creative thing. We don't want people to see what we are working on till it's finished. That is the foundation for what I want to get in this project. To see where creatives work, what gets them inspired, and to somewhat promote art in Iowa City.
The first person to sit with me is Larry Baker. He is a writer in Iowa City who has written several books including "The Education of Nancy Adams" and "Flamingo Rising". The later having been turned into a TV movie for Hallmark Hall of Fame. What I enjoy most about his books is the character development. Larry has a way of really bringing the characters into the world that very few writers can do. He is also active politically, having been on the City Council of Iowa City, and most recently sitting on the Board of Adjusters in town.
My lighting setup for this series is going to be simple. Mainly sticking with one light to keep some mood in the photos, and not have everything washed in light. With Larry, we worked in his home office. I used an umbrella and Mag Mod grid spot. His office was perfect to get the right amount of light where I wanted it, even with a large window and full sun outside.
I am going to call this project "Creative Iowa City" for the time being. The name might stick, it might not. These blog posts will be shorter. I want to give a little excerpt about the creative, talk a little about the lighting, and let the photos convey the rest.
This is where you, my valued readers, come in. I am looking for creatives. Painters, writers, glass blowers, wood workers, architects, musicians, producers, you name it. If you are in the Iowa City area, and know of any creative people that would be interested in this project, drop a comment below, or contact me by email. Thanks for reading and thank you to Larry Baker for helping to kick this off.
Till next time...