DescriptionI went to the pond tonight to see if I might catch anything interesting going on. It had threatened to storm all evening, but now, just before sunset, there was partial clearing. I wondered if my swan friend might attack me. (He did not.) There was a mildly interesting sunset, but not too much to really take notice of. The pond though. Having grown up around/on/near the water my entire life, I'm pretty aware of how much impact and interraction goes on between water and atmosphere. So many tiny variables right where water meets air and air meets water and in fact, the two are as close to being one, while still mainiting their own identity, as anything can be. In this zone, I am convinced, is where all the best magic in the world occurs. At least in my world. This is where color is purely color. It lacks substance. It is not water. It is not air. It's what is occurring between the electrons in the elements in the molecules and everything else in that cauldron that is responisible for color. For everything. For life. Air, water, color...Sometimes I think they are all I really need to survive. And my camera. Don't forget the camera.
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.