DescriptionAnd so I was, just driving by. Headed toward a more populated area to see what I might find in the way to photograph. I had just gotten around the corner, toward town, when the light and the haze in this field caught my eye, very fleetingly. I thought, 'That's pretty,' and kept driving. Then I thought a few seconds and decided to go back and see if there was a photo or two in it. The field is on the other side of a very deep ditch, full of tall grass, which would be a challenge to photograph through. On top of that, a very large red and white realtor's sign was just about smack in the middle of where I wanted to shoot. Well, pooo, says I. What the heck. So I stood on tip toe and put my camera as high up as I could get it and squeezed the shutter, over and over, moving the camera around the field a little bit each time. Funny thing is, this shot is almost exactly what I saw in my mind's eye for the photo. Of all the shots I took, about 30, this is the only one that turned out. It seemed like a sign, so I turned around and headed out toward the country.
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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