DescriptionI like looking at things from odd angles. Angles that it doesn't even occur to anyone else to question whether or not they exist. It's a challenge for me. My mind is messy. It likes odd things. So I feed it odd things. Like this upside down back side of a dahlia. I learned entirely new things about dahlias and how flowers are constructed. About how the stem doesn't just sit there and hold the flower up, but is rather a part of a larger infrastructure keeping the flower upright. I suppose I could learn it in a textbook. But it's a whole lot more fun just turning the thing upside down and thinking about it.
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.