Description I've never been to Africa, which is, to me, a sin. But I have read National Geographic since I was born, Okay, maybe not since I was born. I had to learn to read like everyone else. I've watched movies and read books and looked at my brother's photo albums from his trip to the great continent.While I know that I took this photo at the pond down the street, it looks to me as if it could be Africa I'm seeing. The pond is surrounded by houses. It's found in an outskirts of town housing project of sorts. (I call it the compound. There are safer places to live.) Still, I manage to find a plethora of things to photograph. There is a family of swans. There are geese, ducks, two great blue herons, night herons, and this time of year the Great Egrets wander through. They don't live around here but I was told by my ornithology instructor that birds will often take a vacation after they raise their young and will show up in the darndest places.So there is an Africa of sorts in my back yard. There is also Grand Rapids, Michigan in my back yard. There are many places to travel to in my back yard. And it all happens in a large, mowed field with a pond at its far side. There are people who live just about at the ponds edge. But you know what? The very sad thing about this beautiful place is that I have never seen another soul visiting there. One time two children came to see what I was taking pictures of. Other than that, the pond is mine. While I really like that fact, I would dearly love to show the magic to just one other person.Then I want to sit back and watch the wonder grow in their heart and soul.
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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