Description I can't remember how this idea of framing plant arrangements first came about. It could have started long, long ago, when as a teenager I took all manner of seeds and grains and spices and so on and made collages from them. I have always enjoyed making these natural collages and still make them to this day. So when I started getting flowers and materials from a florist friend, materials that were old and that she was no longer able to sell, I started to take the flowers apart and create little pictures with the flower parts. Somehow it all evolved into creating compartments for the flower parts with a frame. I keep just about everything Kathryn gives me until there is absolutely no use left to it. I don't think I've gotten to that point yet though. I see the pieces or I touch the pieces of plant and an entire new idea develops. My back deck is stacked with drying, dried, dead, dying, decayed plant materials. Oh yes. And frames. Don't forget the frames. And there are the bags of leaves and twigs I collected this afternoon. They're here somewhere. Not quite sure where.... In the end I have spent hours and hours relaxing over creating the perfect arrangement of dead and dry-- and sometimes green-- plant materials, for the sole purpouse of creating a thing which I will photograph, hoping that when you see it it will make your day pause for just a moment and maybe bring you peace.
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.