DescriptionI recently took a trip to visit my sister in Northern Michigan, USA, and found myself getting lost in the minute detail of the leaves of her Fern Leaf Bleeding Heart. The bright green leaves are the young. They are as delicate and soft to the eye as they are to the touch. The older, blue-grey leaves are less delicate and have a somewhat waxy surface, making the water drops from the recent irrigation stand out on them like beads on a necklace. When I took this photo I was actually looking at a different part of this frame entirely. It was not until I looked at the images on my computer monitor that I noticed the line that ran straight down between the old and young sets of leaves. My first thought on seeing this brought to mind the word 'Segregation.' Seeing the word in action and placed right before my eyes left me no room but to look at it and to think about it. I realized that I am not nearly as aware of segregation and just how much it thrives--- unless I choose to see.Which is a frightening thing to do.(I can think about little else in the world since I saw this in front of me two days ago.)
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.