This has turned into a portfolio of my work - I wanted to record my résumé and websites created for easy reference without Facebook's intervention. I've included links to some of my design work, and projects I've led. As far as the rest, my ramblings are no more interesting or important than anyone else's. I'm just the creatively bored type and wanted to document some of my life and travels on screen a little differently. And since I don't make films...
Cop shows and cartoons (if only they’d combine). A sucker for anything CGI – Up, Wall-E, Rango… Obsessed with Hitchcock also. Bochco TV shows are a favourite and I consider NYPD Blue to be the best TV show I ever saw.
Those who can improvise on stage: Bruce Hornsby and the Noisemakers, Punch Brothers, Counting Crows. I’m proud to have created a web presence for a number of my favourite artists, and now regard many of them as friends.
I’ve led a number of web-based musical projects raising over £25,000 for various causes: Multiple Sclerosis care, ALS/Motor Neurone research, cancer research and the NSPCC. Some audio examples are featured below.
My friends have cost me a fortune! I know several gifted photographers, and am forever playing catch-up to reach their lofty heights. They’ve all inspired me to pursue the kind of shot that they make seem so easy. One day…
Skills // Adobe After Effects, Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Captivate
Stuff I've done // Some examples of projects I've created - websites I designed, photos I shot, and some audio tracks: not that I've performed on, but for CD charity projects that I've compiled. Check the accompanying notes for details.
Daily Dose Day 2011
Gonna Be Some Changes Made
Every couple of years, visitors to my Bruuuce.com website are badgered for years to contribute a track to a CD I’m producing for a worthy cause. The CD is always free for download, and those who grab it are invited to contribute to the cause if they enjoy what they hear. That format has helped to raise a fantastic £15,000 for various charities. Needless to say, they are a talented bunch.
Here is one such contribution – “Gonna Be Some Changes Made”, from the “Caesar Salad” CD in 2007. It was donated by Erik Nagel and Gavin Murphy, and I love it.
So many of my friends have a musical or vocal talent, and I’m not too proud to take advantage of that! Kathryn Holtkamp delivered yet again (her fourth contribution to our charity CDs) with her rewritten version of “Resting Place”. Kathryn’s work is always a treat, and this is a great example…
A Cut Above
About these posts // Each link is to a new page with random ramblings or examples of work. If you'd like to commission your own website or want to get in touch, use the contact box at the bottom of this page.
My cousin, Tasha.
Natasha Elizabeth Bland
December 30 1987 – December 27 2016
I can’t talk about all the laughs I got from Natasha, or the lessons I learnt from her, but I can give one example. I was going through a horrible time with my health and hospital trips. Tasha and Emily did what they always do, and gave. They came to Newcastle immediately, I didn’t have to ask – and gave me a comedy show for their entire stay. They made sandcastles on the Quayside (which is not a beach) but Tasha’s highlight was waving frantically to a passing boat on the River Tyne. The recipient was baffled at Tasha’s pure joy at spotting a stranger, as was I, until I realised that she was actually waving at the toy minion on the boat’s dashboard.
Before her frequent visits I would tell people “Wait until you meet my cousin Tasha; she is something else” – and she never let me down. She would send cards just to say hello, so I looked through countless messages, trying to find one that summed her up. There were plenty that reflected her spirit, her courage, her love or her generosity, but maybe she’s best summed up by this mystifying message she sent me three years ago today, as I write this. I still have no idea what she meant, but that was the fun of Tasha. She told me:
“YOU’RE AN ABSOLUTE YOGHURT POT
A CARPET GLOVE
A HAMSTER NOODLE
A DOVE BOX”.
Your guess is as good as mine. But show me anyone else who could say that (other than Emily or Tasha) and make it sound like perfect sense.
I’m privileged to have worked with some great names and businesses to produce a website.
Amongst them are some heroes of mine who I’ve been able to return the favour and give them something back with a web presence.
Here’s some of their feedback…
I have a number of audiences on the internet via Facebook, and a few websites. They all pulled together to raise $6,500 for three very dear causes to me: MS care, TWLOHA and the ALS Association, for which I am so grateful. Continue reading