Al-Hijr / Madain Saleh
The entrance to a sacred area within the complex at Al-Hijir. The archeological site of Al-Hijr (Madain Saleh) is the first UNESCO World Heritage Site in Saudi Arabia. It is a major center of the Nabataen civilization. It is the largest Nabataen site south of Petra in Jordan. It bears testimony to the Nabataen civilization between the 2nd and 3rd centuries BC and pre-Islamic period in the 1st century AD.
Part of the collection “Art Within Architecture” on exhibit at Eastep Photography gallery 1338 Central Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34236
This is one of those spaces where the separation that is often created by architecture goes away. Being in this environment gives one the feeling of a union between the outside and inside. The vertical feature of the narrow columns creates a visual connection to the trunks of the trees which come up within feet of the glass walls.
I find that the pattern and relationship between nature and the architecture creates a visual tableau that becomes art.
This image will be shown on Saturday, June 30, 2018, with other prints exploring the concept of “Art Within Architecture”. The exhibit will be at my Studio/Gallery, Eastep Photography which is part of Art Central. Art Central is located at 1330-1340 Central Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34236. Two other artist’s Lucy Barber and Kathy Wright will also have open studio’s from 11 am to 4 pm.
If you are unable to come to the studio/ gallery Saturday you’re welcome other times with an appointment. Contact me: WayneEastep@gmail.com or call 917.675.0640 to arrange a time. If you’re out of town and would like to buy a print contact me for sizes and prices.
I traveled 3,295 km (2,047 miles) from Almaty, Kazakhstan to the edge of the Caspian sea to make this image of an ancient Zoroastrian temple. The rituals are no longer practiced there so I brought candles to light the inside and show respect for their practice of using fire as a focal point of Zoroastrian rituals.
“Zoroastrian places of worship are sometimes called fire temples. Each fire temple contains an altar with an eternal flame that burns continuously and is never extinguished.”
For 1000 years Zoroastrianism was one of the most powerful religions in the world. It was the official religion of Persia (Iran) from 600 BCE to 650 CE.
While I was making this image a woman appeared at the entrance, came in and announced that she and her family were there to honor a relative who had died and was buried nearby in what the Kazakh’s call “the city of the dead”. She invited me to join them in honoring her relative. She turned and walked out.
A print of this image will be shown this Saturday, June 30, 2018, 11 am to 4 pm as part of an exhibit exploring the concept of “Art within Architecture”.
Eastep Photography Gallery, 1338 Central Avenue, Sarasota Florida 34236.
If you are unable to come to the studio Saturday but would like to buy a print contact me about sizes and prices: WayneEastep@gmail.com
Based on a mark in an interior chamber naming the work gang and a reference to the fourth dynasty Egyptian pharaoh Khufu, Egyptologists believe that the pyramid was built as a tomb over a 10- to 20-year period concluding around 2560 BC. Initially, at 146.5 metres (481 feet), the Great Pyramid was the tallest man-made structure in the world for more than 3,800 years.
This image will be exhibited as part of a show exploring the “Art of Architecture” this Saturday, June 30, 2018, 11 am to 4 pm.
1330 – 1340 Central Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34236
One of Central Asia’s largest domed mosques honors Khawaja Akmed Yesevi, the 12th-century Sufi mystic whose poetry and writings had a tremendous impact throughout that part of the world. It was commissioned in 1390 by Tamerlane, the Turkic conqueror, to honor Yesevi and serve as his mausoleum. The mosque was built in eight independent sections, which has helped it survive numerous earthquakes. the building measures 47.5 x 65.6 meters (152 x 215). Its walls are 2 meters (6.5 feet) thick and the central hall walls are 3 meters (10 feet) thick. The dome is 37.5 meters (123 feet) high and 18.2 meters (60 feet) in diameter. These elegant niche-like decorations just below the mausoleum’s dome are known as Muqarnas. They are an Islamic invention that reached a zenith around the 13th century. the delicate and soaring designs evoke Yesevi’s transcendent and complex poetry as well as the mystical ideas of Sufism. It is located in Turkestan in southern Kazakhstan.
This image will is part of the collection “Art Within Architecture” on exhibit during my open studio at Art Central this Saturday, June 30, 2018, 11 am to 4 pm.
If you’re unable to come to the opening on Saturday feel free to contact me to set up a time to come by and see the prints. If you’re out of town but would like to buy a print write me about sizes and prices.
e. WayneEastep@gmail.com p. 917.675.0640 www.WayneEastep.com
Lucy Barber, Kathy Wright, Wayne Eastep
Open Studios June 30 11 am to 4 pm
1330 – 1340 Central Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 3423
Making an image of this magnificent adobe structure in Taos is a little like photographing the sunset. Probably every photographer who has traveled to Taos has made an image of this beautiful building. This is mine.
There is an elemental earth feature to this structure and the presence of the human hand which drew me to make this image. I feel it illustrates the art within architecture.
This image will be featured in the show “Art of Architecture” at my gallery on June 30.
For those of you who can not make the show, but would like a print, contact me about sizes and prices, WayneEastep@gmail.com
Eastep Photography Gallery, 1338 Central Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34236 Open by appointment, to arrange a time to visit contact: Wayne Eastep, 917.675.0640 WayneEastep@gmail.com