Description I went to the Nature Center last night, the one down the road from me. Its also somewhat of a museum. Old buildings, gardens, ancient trees, farming paraphenalia, etc. It When I got there I said to the dog, This light is so great.... OMG! What is that! I never saw anything like it! Better take a quick look... . . I kept getting mental reminder jolts from myself of a sign I had passed on my way in, at about 6:45 p.m. that read something to the effect that cars found beyond this point (which I had just passed) would be locked in for the night after 5:30 p.m. Hmmm.... I don't want to spend the night in here but... this light is just so great. Whoa!! What the heck is that??? Keep on going. Then I remembered the second sign that I passed about getting locked in. But the light.... coulnd't pass it up.... So I kept going. I was deeply engrossed in the wood grain of one of the buildings, looking for a shot or two. And then I saw this hook hanging from a door. Cool, I said to myself. By then it was 7:30 and getting dark. But this hook. It was just so..something. I just have to get a few shots. Then I really started getting worried about those signs so I squeezed off a few frames, gathered up the camera and tripod and dog and stumbled off to the car. When I got home and uploaded I found a beautiful surprise. I had been so distracted by my worries that I had not seen the layers of paint on the shaft of the hook. Patina. It was so worth it.
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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