Description I went to the park this morning to photograph the roses and other flowers. There's a pond there with ducks and geese. Lots of them. I always wander around and photograph them too, just in case they do something I can actually get a photograph of. So I was walking around there this morning and I put my camera to my eye to see if I could zoom in on anything that might become interesting and something did. On the other side of the pond, aglow in the morning sun- backlit no less, drool drool drool-- was a Great Blue Heron. He lives in the city. I've seen him there before. But I've never seen him so beautifully.
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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