GABE HAVEL PHOTOGRAPHY
If you are familiar with downtown Iowa City, you will recognize the name Marc Moen. Marc is a developer in Iowa City. He has done such projects as The Plaza Towers, and Park@201. Marc has literally changed downtown Iowa City, and the surrounding area.
I met Marc through Bobby Jett. When I mentioned to him (Bobby) I was looking for other participants in the Create Iowa City project, his name was the first to come up. An email back and forth, and we had a time set up for some photos. He graciously invited me into his home, which has artwork from around the world. When we met, the first thing I mentioned was the giant African statue that was sitting prominently in the living room. "It's great isn't it?" he said with a smile.
I think that's the first thing you notice about Marc, he seems to always have a positive outlook and a smile. I saw that there was a fireplace next to the space he works. He asked if I would want it lit, and said of course. Fire will always make a photo stand out. Behind his chair is a wall sized blue and yellow art piece. Upon seeing that, I knew what angle the photos were going to be shot at. As I got my camera settings dialed in, we discussed what he is working on now, and peoples reactions to his projects. The most notable of those being the Chauncey Tower. "That's the one with the bowling alley right?" I said, staring at the back of my camera. Marc smiled and said, "Yea, it is. Do you like bowling?" I looked up and couldn't help but laugh. "Of course, how can you not like bowling? Its the one activity everybody can agree on, no matter how bad you are." He said that was true and that with all of his developments, he attempts to incorporate a friendly, welcoming atmosphere. Point made, what could be more welcoming than bowling?
It didn't take long to get the photo I wanted. Blue background, fire place and a distraction free work area? The photo made itself. I thanked Marc for his time, knowing he is busy with a lot more important things than a little blog like mine. He grinned, and said of course.