About the Book
A muse is more about the inspiration they are able to evoke in another human being, than about their physical appearance. A muse inspires and stirs the blood by their presence. It is the personality of the muse, perhaps charismatic, but in some way with the capacity to light a fire in the artist. There are women who functioned as a muse for multiple artists while others were a muse to only one. In some cases the muse was a model, a wife, a companion or a lover. Some were beautiful others were not. Many went on to become great artists in their own right. Regardless of all else at the core is the ability of one human being to inspire another as if to stir the creative juices.
The artist will feel deeply the need to express what they have felt or captured in the muse. One wonders whether a woman considered a muse has the innate ability to connect with the particular artist at some deep level as if to hold up a mirror to the artist and show him a hidden part of himself. The muse has a magnetism, not felt by all artists, but only be select ones.
Leslie Hall Brown is a fine art photographer and psychotherapist from the USA. An image from Leslie's series, "Not My President" was included in the sixth edition of "Criticizing Photographs" by Terry Barrett. In addition she received the "Prix de la Photographie, Paris" (Px3) 2016 Best New Talent Award and first place from the 2015 (IPA) International Photography Awards in the category of Fine Arts, Self Publish Book. In 2014 she was endowed with the Julia Margaret Cameron Award , was a finalist for the 2014 Clarence John Laughlin Award, and received gold, silver, and bronze medals in the 2014 "Prix de la Photographie, Paris" (Px3). Her work has been published in print magazines and in various online photography magazines. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, in the US, Germany, Mexico, Spain, Thailand, Georgia, England and France.