Description This morning was one of those August mornings when the atmosphere, at least where I live, makes everything very heavy. Is it the humidity? I think it's something more, but I'm not aware of a name for it. But it makes light heavier. Heavy light falls on other things made heavy by this condition. Rocks have greater mass. Steel and cement appear to have liquid qualities, much as the paint on buildings look as if it's sliding off in sheets. But here is the surprise for the photographer. For me, at least, this light is easy, yet not so easy, to read. Results are not as predictable as other situations might be. And I never know when this set of circumstances is going to happen. It just occurs. Nothing can predict it, that I am aware of. I can never wait to get home to upload my images onto the computer. It promises to be a journey full of surprises.
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.