Description When I was little I can remember swimming in our lake all of the time. I was a fish. I used to get out of bed in the morning and put on my swimsuit. I would swim from thirty minutes after breakfast until I was practically hauled out of the lake and forced to eat lunch. Then wait another painful 30 minutes before I could go back in the water. I swam right up until it was so dark I had to be pulled out again. I remember, I think everyone does, that at some point it became a game to try and lay down on my back on the sandy bottom of the lake. Of course I was fighting a losing battle since the law said that I would float. I used to spend a long time trying to stay on the bottom of the lake. I remember looking up to the surface and the surface would appear as it does here. All wavy and indistinct. So while I know this is a photograph of a reflection, I still feel like a little girl fighting against nature to do what I wanted to do. I have always fought the laws of nature. Just ask my mother.
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.