Description Last night I was poking around my yard, looking for dried out seed heads or interesting looking seed pods, dried weeds, flowers, plant parts of any kind. As usual, I had my camera. I walked to the west end of the garden where the black-eyed susans lived with the intent of cutting some of their seed heads. And when I got out there the light was so perfect I could hardly stand myself. I was hurrying to get into a good position so that I would be in the perfect spot when the light was perfect. (Both the perfect spot and perfect light are imaginary friends of all photographers. Or at least of me. They are also relative to any given situation and usually not what one had thought they would be at all anyway.) And I made it! I was in the right place at the right time and got there ahead of time just enough so I could WAIT for the light. And it came. And it went, as it always does, but this time I got to take photo after photo of black-eyed susan seed heads and all kinds of other things while the light, this one time, waited for me.
Brenda Leitow Member Since October 2009 Artist Statement Photography is one of the most essential things to a happy life, in my world. Every time I get out my camera I go out and bathe myself in light and color and line and texture... and everything in the world around me. Photography is a very emotional art for me. When I take photos in the rain, or in the morning dew, or when the light gets soft near sunset, or sharp at sunrise, the light creates such an atmosphere that I can almost feel the colors melting right into my being, creating their lasting impressions. My job as an artist is to capture colors, not always as I see them, but also how I imagine them to be. I manipulate light and color to my desire. It's rather like a prism, bending the light, showing color. Only as a photographer I bend the light less precisely, leaving some breathing space for the light to find its own path. The light creates itself in that way, taking away my control, and does amazing things with color that never even occurred to me to imagine.
If you wish to read more about me and my art, follow the link below. Linda Scott Galok has written a wonderful feature that showcases many pieces of my work and details what it's like for me to live with bipolar disorder.