The Colin Thatcher Card

Posted by Phil Morris (Saskatoon, Toronto, NYC, Canada) on 24 February 2014 in Art & Design and Portfolio.

One of the biggest trials in Canadian history was that of Colin Thatcher for the murder
of his wife JoAnn Wilson. I had been in New York for quite a while and I knew pretty
much nothing about Thatcher. My father was attending the trials on a daily basis and
the papers and the t.v. news put this out as their biggest story yet. I had to admit that
the trial's reporting was fascinating. Otherwise I will usually watch no television with a
murder and I never read murder books or magazines.

I decided to make a postcard or card to take up some of my evenings spare time and
first went to obtain a photo and got one of Thatcher being led into the courtroom and
that became the iconic photo of him I needed. I was very much into the " Interview "
magazine art and decided for a very colorful background. I made the card and spent
much time hand coloring it with airbrush paints, doing it like a mass production one
area at a time. I sold them for 5.00 each and found it was a good way to make some
extra money I needed before my father got re-married.

I got a job with the government and sold these to a lot of the people I worked with
including the manager's secretary who bought quite a few. I had heard that Thatcher's
lawyer even had a couple copies, even though the trial and lawyer were in Regina and
I had come to Saskatoon to work. I really enjoyed this work to make the extra money.
People got a great laugh out of the card and it seemed everyone wanted one, I did
quite well with the card. I guess my only regret looking back was that I did not promote
it better, in both cities of Regina and Saskatoon, as I probably could have made a lot
more money in the process !~

klausZ from Kufstein, Austria

it's definitely not the usual and (sorry for that impression) normal way, how you try to get in touch with special situations and photographs! i think, it needs a portion crazyness paired with a lot of creativity and of course a cheeky approach, and at the end, it's a great satisfaction when you get in touch through your work with so many other people on that special creative thinking base!

24 Feb 2014 7:53am

pixim from Nice, France

Your work is timeless, and i'm glad that this photo has allowed you to see life with more confidence. On your photo, the colors are still deep, and those eyes that are reflected in the glasses are so cold that freezes me.
Bravo ;-)

24 Feb 2014 8:59am

STEED from D, France

Really creative,Phil...I've attentively read the story,and I smile apart.....When photo- reporters,some opportunities offer us a way to buy a little more,and it's right like that...Hat's off before the work around the picture.....Good job,Friend....

24 Feb 2014 10:03am

franz from Baden, Austria

what an excellent idea all around - the card is positively outstanding, and so is the background story you provide here !!! how did the trial end? did the court believe him or not? was he any relation to the thatcher clan in britain ?!?

24 Feb 2014 4:26pm

my-ky from Ontario, Canada

Such a creative talent you have and that is a fascinating story, Phil!

24 Feb 2014 4:38pm

jean pierre from paris, France

encore un excellent travail!! amitiés

24 Feb 2014 4:55pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

THis is magnificent. I love the detail of reflections in the glasses!

24 Feb 2014 6:22pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

LOL.....super work here Phil! Yes, that was quite the trial at the time! ;-)

24 Feb 2014 6:25pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

An intriguing story behind this postcard that you have created!! Great contrasting colors and the reflections in the glasses are eye-catching (no pun intended).

24 Feb 2014 7:46pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

He looks the part of the murdering thug here. I had to look him up on Wikipedia. Great job wit this postcard.

25 Feb 2014 4:57am

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Superbly enterprising image, your creativity served you well and Phil

25 Feb 2014 7:05am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fascinating story, Phil. A shame postcards do not sell like in the old days. In a way postcards are artifacts of their era. A wonderful example you create here!

25 Feb 2014 10:51am

L'angevine from Angers, France

intéressant travail HDR

25 Feb 2014 3:42pm

Abena from Illinois, United States

hah interesting and great textures Phil!

1 Mar 2014 10:45pm

Shaahin Bahremand from Tehran, Iran

great portrait

10 Mar 2014 2:31pm

rick from brisbane, Australia

Hey, Phil....when are you coming back? We miss you.

21 Apr 2014 8:40am


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