DescriptionThis calla lily spent two weeks with me while I photographed the heck out of it. Each day that I worked with it I turned it this way and that, angled different lights, used different kinds of lighting, backlit it. I even backlit it while it hung upside down in my shed. I have so many photos of the lily that I keep finding new ones whenever I open a new file on my computer. There are so many that I'm having to re-organize my filing system and clean up my hard drive. I even bought a new external drive just for the calla! Okay, now I'm seriously exaggerating. But I do look at the files from time to time and I keep finding new frames and wonder 'Where have you been hiding when you're really close enough to fog my glasses?'
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.