From the back deck of Brenda Biondo’s house, there’s a sweeping view of Pikes Peak, the Manitou Incline, and the ups and downs of the surrounding terrain. The blue sky that sprawls above calls Brenda. The light, the color. It calls her with camera in hand.
A fine art photographer born in Queens, N.Y., Brenda grew up in a small harbor town on Long Island, surrounded by woods. City. Not city.
Many millions live in one or the other for a lifetime, never knowing the opposite. Full-on urban or rural. Brenda has known the range and experienced the possibilities.
In Brenda’s family, NYC was a central figure. Her Brooklyn-born father, a photographer, worked in advertising in Manhattan. He often would take Brenda there. But he enjoyed the outdoors and the family often escaped the city, upstate to the Adirondacks.
After college in Virginia, a career kickoff in Manhattan. A move to D.C. that included work trips to Paris. Eventually, Manitou. Perhaps it was inevitable, the city would give way to the not-city.
“When you’re younger, in your 20s, I think you want something a little more exciting like city life,” Brenda says. “I like it calm and quiet and peaceful, and that’s not necessarily, Long Island or New York or my family background. We’re Long Island Sicilians, it can be very loud. I love the outdoors.”
The outdoors is, in essence, Brenda’s muse and material.
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