When Nikon commissioned me to make images with every one of their lenses I had no idea how challenging it was going to be to use the extreme 8 mm fisheye lens. I believe a lens should take a supporting role in the drama of visual storytelling. When the viewer thinks, “wow what a cool lens” then I failed in my job. When the viewer thinks, “wow what a remarkable subject” and they become engaged with the subject then I succeeded. The fisheye lens is a challenging lens for me because it always draws focus to its uniqueness. After three months of photographing I came upon a subject which was a match to the circular format of the fisheye lens, the spiral staircase at the Shaker meeting house in Pleasant Hill, Kentucky.
From the beginning of my career as a photographer, I’ve always enjoyed observing shapes, lines and the way architecture engages light. This image is one I am particularly proud to have made.
June 30, 2018, I will show a collection of my favorite architectural images. The collection illustrates the “art within architecture”. The prints will be exhibited and on sale at my gallery, Eastep Photography, 1338 Central Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34236. The opening will be between 11 am and 4 pm. The gallery is always available by appointment, so send an email and let me know when you’d like to visit. WayneEastep@gmail.com
Painters Lucy Barber and Kathy Wright will also have open studios on June 30.