DescriptionIt was an incredibly cold moring. It always is when this kind of frost sets in. I think they call it 'hore frost.' So thick and heavy the camera can't figure out what to focus on. When I go out on mornings like this I always come back frozen from my boot tops up to my waist. Ya see, in order to get good shots, I have to get down on the ground and, basically, roll around. I have to flatten out a spot in the snow so I have a sort of base camp to work from. Once I'm down on the ground and picked out my camp, I'm there for the duration. I'm usually in the snow, on the ground, for at least two hours at a time, usually three days a week. I wear a pair of thermals and two pair of sweats. I wear two pair of socks in heavy boots with toe warmers for my toes. I also have hand warmers in my gloves. From the waist up I wear layers of turtle necks and fleece and sweatshirts. Then there are the scarves and hats. But from waist down is the part that I always freeze. My warm body in the cold snow, of course, melts the snow and my clothes get wet. When it's really cold, like it was this day, once my pants get wet, they then freeze. Sometimes it's difficult to even walk to my car, let alone bend my knees to get in to the car. And then , since I'm usually right there, I go into the grocery store for a hot chocolate. I get all kinds of weird looks. Then I realize my pants have thawed and I look as though I have had a major bladder incident. If nothing else, I give people something to think about. It also gets me through the checkout faster.
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.
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