Description Mackinaw Island is a very popular tourist attraction in Michigan. It is situated in Lake Huron but it's shores are also lapped by Lake Michigan waves. It lies nearly inside the Straights of Mackinaw over which the Mackinaw bridge spans the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of Michigan. It's famous for its fudge, for one thing. It seems that everyone who goes to the island buys fudge. Therefore, to locals, you can tell a tourist by the fudge he carries. Tourists are sometimes known as 'fudgies.' The island has not had motor vehicles on it since 1898, except for the fire truck, I believe. The movie 'Somewhere in Time', starring Jane Seymour and Christopher Reeve was filmed on the island. Alas, I was not able to be on the island at that time.
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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