Yurt, Sarasota, Kazakhstan, Kazakh, Tent, Nomadic, Dwelling

Patti and Wayne Eastep awaiting the arrival of guests to their Kazakh Yurt

Yurt, Nomadic, Tent, Kazakh, Kazakhstan, Central Asia,

Yurt from Kazakhstan in Sarasota, Florida

The June 2017 Heat Index section  of Sarasota Magazine, features a story about Patti and Wayne Eastep and the Yurt which they brought from Kazakhstan to Sarasota, Florida.  Click here to read the full story.      Story in Sarasota Magazine

Architecture, Culture, Kazakhstan, Recent Personal Images, Saudi Arabia

Story in the June 2017 issue of Sarasota Magazine about Patti and Wayne Eastep’s Kazakh Yurt.

Kazakh Yurt which Patti and Wayne Eastep brought from Kazakhstan to Sarasota, Florida.

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Flower Essence

About the Artist and this exhibition

The signature characteristic of Wayne Eastep’s photography is the ability to express the essence of a subject.  His images go beyond representational pictures to touch the spirit of the subject, evoking an emotional response.  In this exhibition he turns his attention to the exquisite design in nature  and inherent beauty within flowers.

Eastep’s images are commissioned and collected internationally. They garner awards for books, documentary, and commercial assignments.  His intention with each assignment is to go beyond the surface and look inside the subject.  Photography for Wayne is both vocation and avocation. He is driven by a passion for the art of image making.

Exhibition February 4 – May 14, 2015

Sunflower

The sunflower an annual plant is native to the Americas. The flower petals within the sunflower’s cluster are always in a spiral pattern. Generally, each floret is oriented toward the next by approximately the golden angle, 137.5 degrees, producing a pattern of interconnecting spirals, where the number of left spirals and the number of right spirals are successive Fibonacci numbers. This pattern produces the most efficient packing of seeds within the flower head.

Flour Parlor

Opening February 4, 2015  6 pm to 9 pm

128 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

Contact: Amy Nichols  941.993.8649      flourparlor@gmail.com          http://www.flourparlor.com

Hours:  Monday – Friday 8 – 5:30, Saturday 9 – 4

Art, artists, creativity, Culture, Design, Exhibition, Flowers, Interior Design, Nature, Recent Personal Images, Sarasota, Florida, Art
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Culture

400 Years Making Sumi

Sumi tools and materials for calligraphy

Sumi tools and materials for calligraphy.  Sumi stick, slate inkwell, calligraphy brush, sumi stick with finger impression by workman at Kobaien sumi factory in Nara, Japan.

While documenting Japanese culture for National Geographic Traveler,  I had the opportunity to photograph at Kobaien in Nara, the oldest sumi shop in Japan. The city of Nara produces 90% of the sumi-ink in Japan.  Kobaien sumi shop has produced sumi-ink sticks for calligraphy and ink painting for 400 years.

Sumi is made by collecting soot from burning pure vegetable oil, usually sesame or pauwlonia, and combining this with glue derived from vegetable starch.  This is then shaped into sticks and dried.  Ink is made by grinding the sumi stick in the slate inkwell called a suzuri until the desired consistency is achieved.

I requested Mr. Mitsuyoshi Nakano, chief at the Kobaien sumi shop, to have the workman making sumi press his fingers into a freshly made stick for me, shown here. Mr. Nakano then created the names Nara and Kyoto in Japanese calligraphy on washi, mulberry paper as a gift.

Kobaien sumi shop, 7 Tsubaicho, Nara, Japan Tel. (Nara 22)-4922

More images on Japanese culture in Kyoto & Nara.

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Let the Sunshine in

Lighting inside Egyptian tomb

Ancient Egyptians used mirrors to reflect the sun into a second mirror which directed the sunlight inside the tomb. This solution made it possible for the sculptors and artisans to see while working inside the tomb.

 

Interior of tomb at Deir El-Medina "Thebes"

Artifact on interior tomb wall at Deir El-MedinaThebes” lit by sunlight reflected on two handheld mirrors

Ancient Egyptians used two hand held mirrors to capture the sunlight and direct it inside and onto interior tomb walls.  This made it possible for sculptors and artisans to work on hieroglyphs and pictographs within the dark interiors.  Deir El-Medina, “Thebes” is the location of tombs for many  artisans who built tombs for the pharaohs.

More images of Egypt

 

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The Bedouin of Saudi Arabia are one of the world’s most unique nomadic people.  They survive in the Arabian deserts under some of the harshest conditions in nature.

The Al Murrah Bedouin tribe attracted my attention because they have lived as nomads in Arabia with an unbroken bloodline for 5,000 years.  I figured such unique people would have important insights into human relationships.  I was right.

Leading Saudi families in government, business, judicial and academic communities have sent their young children to live among the Bedouin for similar reasons.  King ‘Abd al-‘Aziz ibn Sa’ud, the monarch who unified the Arabian tribes and created the modern Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, spent time with the Al-Murrah in the southern desert of Saudi Arabia.

When I began my career I decided to document the Bedouin in Arabia, specifically the Al Murrah tribe.  This modest collection of images is from a library of over 25,000 images.  They represent the book BEDOUIN which won the Pershke Price “Best Book” award and Gold Prize for the “Best of All Things in Print” the year it was published.

Visit http://www.EastepPhotography to see images from the book BEDOUIN

Saudi Arabia

BEDOUIN of Saudi Arabia

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MARKING HISTORY BY MAKING HISTORY

Kickstarter, Vanishing Cultures, Dennis Manarchy,

Marking History by Making History

It is rare that we have a chance to be part of making  history. This is one of those times when the marking of history ( 2014 is the 200th anniversary of the creation of the camera) is to be marked by the making of JAW DROPPING 4.5 FEET by 6 FEET  one of a kind view camera. Portrait Photographer, Dennis Manarchy the visionary will use the camera to document our unique and rich American culture.  This is a righteous use of such a remarkable creation.  I salute Dennis and his team.

I invite you to visit  Kickstarter and with me become a Backer and help make history happen. Wayne Eastep

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2060332949/vanishing-cultures-by-dennis-manarchy

 

 

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On December 16, 1991, Kazakhstan emerged from a long and challenging period under Soviet rule.  Over the past 20 years the country has blossomed in what can be described as the Kazakh Renaissance, a demonstration of the enduring spirit of the Kazakh culture.  I celebrate this anniversary with a selection of images from the book, The Soul of Kazakhstan.  The collection  showcases Kazakhstan’s people, history, culture and land.  They will be posted on my WordPress blog over the coming days leading up to the anniversary.

A permanent library of images is available for purchase as prints or licensing  at  http://eastep.photoshelter.com/gallery/Kazakhstan/G0000xg4sBqG4LWQ/

Wayne Eastep, Photography, Exhibit, Mingei Museum, San Diego, CA

Photographs by Wayne Eastep in the exhibit "Of Gold and Grass" Mingei Museum, San Diego, CA

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Crossroads of Culture and Commerce

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