DescriptionI think so often of Autumn as a stormy time of year. At least here in Michigan we get a lot of storms. Wind, rain, thunder, lightning. And even snow on occassion. And while autumn air has a wonderful scent, so crisp and fresh, sometimes it's sharply crisp with many smells combined on one breeze, tumultuous itself. Seeking solace I walk in the woods. And then, and then... I stumble upon it. While mostly one of the autumn flowers, it seems to me to be one of summer's final shows. Sort of a 'Take that!' to fall and winter. The blossoms, small, to perhaps more easily slip through strong winds unnoticed, yet have stems so strong. But still so gentle. No thorns. Petals gently curved, soft to the touch, elegant in every way. An autumn aster has crossed my path.
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.