Description On the northern shores of Lake Michigan, near Empire, Michigan, there lies a Sleeping Bear. Sleeping Bear Dunes is named for the legendary Mother Bear who, after watching her two cubs drown while on a long swim from Wisconsin, lay down on the shore of the big lake and looked longingly out over the lake, mourning her cubs. As she lay there she watched as two islands rose out of the water, the symbols of her lost cubs. The islands are known today as North and South Manitou Islands. Mother Bear still watches over them from the place on shore known as Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.
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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