When I was first looking for an image for my original UltraVioletLove.com logo, I was using MS Publisher 2000 to build my web pages. I ended up looking for an image I thought might be suitable within the Microsoft free clipart library. What I ended up finding was unexpected, to say the least. I think I used something generic like "woman" or "woman's face" to search for an image. I wasn't sure exactly what I was looking for, but I knew it when I found it. I had the motto in my head already, "Making Lesbian Love Visible," I just wasn't sure that I was going to find a image to go with it. However, when I stumbled upon the above image, something about it resonated with me. Here was this face that looks feminine to androgynous, peeking out from the surface of a rock. I have no idea where this sculpture exists in the world, but she has to me, at least, come to represent the solid foundation of lesbian her-story as it emerges from the background and begins to take on a three-dimensional existence. She is emerging from a shadowy past into the light of day. When I started UltraVioletLove.com, there were a few famous lesbians who had come out of the closet, but the number then pales in comparison to how many women have come of out the closet in the past ten years, since UltraVioletLove set out to increase lesbian visibility. While there are always ways to increase the visibility of lesbians in cyberspace, UltraVioletLove is now just one among multitudes instead of one among the few.
This second murky image is an attempt to give this image a more easily inserted icon. It has been helpful for that purpose, but it somehow lost a little bit in the translation. By adding a colorful disk to the background and cleaning the image up a little bit, the logo has arrived with a more updated look that allows the traditional nature of it remain.
Here the original image from the rock remains, but the updated background allows the image that is clearly based in antiquity to pop a bit more. I like the results, and I plan to leave it as the face of UltraVioletlove.com. UltraVioletLove.com is now parting logos, if not ways, with UVL Publishing, which has a newer look, a look that is more compatible with today's technology.