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
Kazakh Yurt which Patti and Wayne Eastep brought from Kazakhstan to Sarasota, Florida.
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
Opening February 4, 2015 6 pm to 9 pm
128 N. Orange Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236
Hours: Monday – Friday 8 – 5:30, Saturday 9 – 4
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
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
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