Description In a meadow, on a summer morning, where the morning air is heavy with dew, a fog begins to form right around dawn. This fog hugs the ground and seems to flow back and forth, like waters ebbing and flowing. I keep waiting for the fog to go away, disappear, because it's not how I envisioned this shot. Everything else about the shot is right. The light is perfect. The color temperature is perfect. The balance between light and dark is perfect. One other thing bothers me. There is a stem of milkweed that's taller than the others. That really bothers me. Still, nothing is every perfect, including photo shoots. Who knows? Maybe the lingering fog will add an element that I had not planned for and did not see through the viewfinder. And the slightly taller flower? I eagerly await seeing what that brings. Surprises are the stuff that life is made of.
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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