Description I've been working with some old roses on my back deck, otherwise known as my Laboratory. Mad scientist speak for studio. I neglected to pick up everything one night, not having listened to the weather forecast, which called for rain. Much to my delight, the red rose petals caught some of the raindrops. The colors in the morning sun, along with the reflections of the deck railings on the raindrops, made the colors dance and seem to come alive. For whatever reason, my sleep-addled brain bounded to Frankenstein and I heard myself thinking (I hope silently), It's alive! It's alive! Perhaps Dr. Frankenstein would be sending me to Dr. Freud right about then.
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.