DescriptionAs a person with bipolar disorder, I took part in the recent walk to 'Stomp Out Stigma.' Its aim is to help recognize that people all around them- people in the waik for example- may have a mental illness BUT YOU CAN'T TELL BY LOOKING AT THEM. Walkers included mental health workers of all sorts, clients of the mental health services, and most importantly, perhaps, were the friends and families of individuals with a mental illness. One of the walkers was a little girl about four years old. I asked if I could take pictures of her bubbles- not of her, just the bubbles- (Protection of Privacy) and this is my favorite one. Adding to the already festive crowd were clouds of joyful bubbles.
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.