Description I went shooting early the other morning out in the country and happended across this little nook in the woods that had everything. Brook, meadow, trees, field, vines, wetland plants, not so wetland plants. Some of my most beloved wildflowers. I spotted one hiding down under the Touch-me-not, a deadly nighshade. Being short, the plant that is, I needed to get down on the ground at its level. Still concentrating on my lovely little find, I put my hand behind me to steady myself as I went down. Well.... first rule when sitting down basically anywhere, if you're steadying yourself with your hands, LOOK where you're putting them. These stems are not a pleasant place to put your hands. Well, this plant and I had words. I decided it was not going to win and that I was going to take its picture. So there. What was it going to do? Bite me again? Well... it did just that. After I turned my back to it and got all interested in my nightshade and touch-me-not, I forgot all about that rotten plant and put my hand right on that same spot when I reached behind me to help myself get up. If you're ever caught alone in a wet wood and run across a thistle, remember this: They will always win.
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.