April 28, 2014
By Catherine Bruce
I made these photographs during a drive from Twin Falls, Idaho, to Salt Lake City. The scenery along the base of the Wasatch mountains is pleasing—not winding-mountain-road-spectacular—but picturesque. The countryside until now has been surprisingly unspoiled. But on this trip I noticed that development along the road was increasing rapidly and decided it might be my last chance to get some good photos.
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Catherine Bruce is a mostly-retired software developer who gave up film photography when she claims she stopped improving. When Doodlemeister.com recently persuaded her that it’s not necessary to agonize in advance over what the photos will look like, she became more interested in snapping pictures with her digital camera. She still has a weakness for symmetry and order, but is working on developing a “hip-shot” mentality.
Copyright © 2014 Catherine Bruce.
April 22, 2014
For a time, from the mid 1980’s until the early 2000’s, I volunteered as a graphic designer at Fells Point Corner Theatre, a local community stage. My work included brochures, flyers and posters; the latter being my favorite thing to do. Over the years, it was a pleasure to collaborate with the FPCT staff, but my first poster concept was rejected out-of-hand. Here’s the rough design I submitted: At least one FPTC theatre board member said it was “too sexy.” Now, anyone who knows that particular Sam Shepard play, Fool for Love, would know it’s about carnal lust from start to finish, so I was surprised they were surprised by my attempt to come up with a dynamic visual equivalent for most of what goes on in the play—or at least what is suggested by the text.
In case you haven’t seen a production of the play or read the text, here’s the edited opening paragraph from a review of a production staged in Minneapolis: “Stories of forbidden love make up . . . the spine of works for the stage, for the obvious reason that raging, unbridled passion lends itself to a ripping drama. Fool for Love raises the stakes by tearing through a very particular taboo, and this . . . production captures a great deal of its intensity, desperation, and outright weirdness.” —Quinton Skinner, Minneapolis City Pages.
After some back-and-forth with the FPCT board of directors wherein I passionately tried to justify my original approach, I soon realized I had to comprise. Eventually we agreed on the final version you see below. And because the production was a success, and just about everyone liked the poster, I guess you can say it was a happy ending for most of those concerned.
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April 9, 2014
Thanksgiving Day, 1975
If you have a “selfie” from a date earlier than 11/27/75—and I’m sure they must be scads and scads and scads of them out there—please share it with Doodlemeister.com readers. We need to find out who really “invented” the conceit, or at least locate the individual who sort of came up with the idea—or concept—or whatever. Send your entry to: firstname.lastname@example.org