Bronstein launches ‘PhotoPlay’

Feb 28, 2014
Marcie J. Bronstein

Belfast — Fun will be the name of the game Saturday, March 8, from 2 to 4 p.m., at Left Bank Books, 109 Church St., when local author, photographer, artist and educator Marcie J. Bronstein launches her new children’s activity book, “PhotoPlay: Doodle. Design. Draw.”

The world of “PhotoPlay” is populated with meercats, dogs, seals and elephants waiting for someone to draw them a couch or a boat or a safari. There is a hill where a zombie might be lurking; Adirondack chairs waiting for … what?; an abandoned house waiting to be rebuilt; and an open book, waiting for a whisper.

Each page of “PhotoPlay” features a black-and-white photograph tucked into a corner or framing a blank canvas, and a clever, often quirky, prompt. For example, one page has a child’s open palm and the words “Your friend is giving you what you’ve always wanted.” Another offers two cats sitting on a tufted chair and “Jesse and Puffy are watching an alien.” And the two ducks walking “off” the page are paired with “Carol and Bill are leaving. Where have they been?”

Bronstein explained that “PhotoPlay” came about from her work as a professional photographer and her passion for drawing. As a young child, she loved art. But she especially loved photography; looking through the lens of her camera, seeing the world close up, was fascinating.

“I felt like an explorer on a treasure hunt, where there was always treasure to be found … I truly love photographs [and] I’m also crazy about drawings,” she said. “Many years ago, I combined my photographs with some drawings and guess what happened? ‘PhotoPlay!’”

Left Bank Books and Bronstein are delighted to welcome children (age 5 to 95) to the shop for the festive and fun launch of “PhotoPlay.” The bookshop will provide markers and crayons for the young artists. Bronstein also will share the genesis of the book including its adventures in farflung Poland and Sudan.

Copies of “PhotoPlay” ($12.99) will be available for purchase and, as always, Left Bank Books is happy to reserve copies, or a seat, for the presentation, in advance; call 338-9009 or email leftbank@myfairpoint. The bookshop is open daily.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or

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