DescriptionApril 18,2011. Grand Rapids, Michigan. We got two inches of snow last night. (It will melt soon. It will melt soon. It will melt soon....) I looked on the positive and decided to see what photographic challenges might be out there. There was some neat stuff...baby leaves covered with snow. I know it sounds cruel but they are tough and they will survive. Mostly I concentrated on last year's folliage and patterns in rocks and so on. I decided, just for kicks, to see if I could get a decent picture of a goose. But after much thought I decided to try for bigger game, and tried for the swallows buzzing around. And shock! I got a few shots! I don't have the right equipment to make a high quality bird shot, but I do luck out once in a while and get something I really like.
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.