Description My Blue Pond at the end of my street is full of life, teaming full of life. I talk to neighbors who all want to know what I could possibly be finding to photograph down there. It is far from pristine. It's a dumping ground for empty bottles and cans, broken toys, tires. In the summer it gets a thick coating of pond scum. The neighhbors detest it because it so disgusting. But ya know what? I like it. It adds textures. Something different. And then there are the local birds who return from wherever they go in the fall. We have a pair of resident swans. The Papa swan does not like me. One evening last summer I jumped out of my car and grabbed my tripod and bag and rushed across the meadow for what reason I don't even now remember. But rushing toward a Papa swan with a large stick does nothinig to calm his issues with human beings. I would have taken me as a danger also. But I really wish he would drop it. Anytime now his cygnets are going to hatch and I know his sunny disposition will go south. Even though he and I are at opposite ends of the pond, he watchs both ends and all points between.
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.