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I’ve always thought of myself as an observer. As such photography became the means by which I could communicate what I saw.
Skies of Sarasota No.2
Skies of SARASOTA
July through September in Sarasota, Florida produces a showcase of skyscapes and cloud dramas.
Photographer Wayne Eastep installing prints for the collection “The Living Seas” at Eastep Photography Gallery.
The exhibit of images will be on display December 22nd 11 am to 4 pm at 1338 Central Avenue Sarasota, Florida 34236.
The images are being offered to lift our spirits after the depressing experience with “red tide” along the coast of Sarasota in recent months. These beautiful underwater images were photographed in the Carribean, the Florida Keys and the Gulf of Mexico. They show what a healthy marine environment looks like.
Underwater photographs on display at Eastep Photography Gallery December 22nd, 1338 Central Avenue, Sarasota Florida 34236
While photographing the 2017 eclipse on Lido beach in Sarasota, Florida a gentleman from Ireland came up to show me his watch and asked, what do you think is going on”? The minute and hour hands were moving on their own spinning freely on the face of his watch.
Two women walked along the beach each with a Cheerios cereal box with two holes cut into the narrow end of the box making it a pinhole viewing device for safe viewing of the eclipse.
A woman from Argentina wanted to know if that was a fisheye lens. “Yes”, I answered. “I thought so, I learned about that in a photography class I took”, she said.
Two women from South America sat down on a towel beside me. After awhile they asked, “has it started or is it finished”. I answered, “it’s about 75% complete”.
A man who had been walking in the surf came up and asked, “Can I take a look”? “No, I am working” I answered. “I see, ok” he replied and walked back into the surf.
Having seen images of other total eclipse’s I was eager to see the corona around the sun. Lesson one in photography, often what you think you’ll photograph won’t happen. So it was with this eclipse, no corona. The second lesson of photography, stay put and accept what’s before you, move beyond looking and SEE. I realized I was standing at the water’s edge with the sky above and within this stage set a celestial drama was playing out. The poetry of earth, ocean, sky, sun, and moon seemed good enough to me. So I made the images you see here.
I looked down at the edge of the driveway and noticed an inch worm making its’ way into the dirt. When I examined it I wondered, is an inchworm really an inch long? When I placed it on a ruler I saw it was three-quarters of an inch, at least this one was. As I photographed the inchworm it lay still and looked more like a twig, a rather effective camouflage. Enjoy the up close and personal look at this intriguing tiny creature.
This inchworm proved to be three-quarters of an inch. It was very effective at looking like a twig.
Seems animals and insects, like humans, cannot resist getting into each other’s business.
Looper, Inchworm on my property in Sarasota, Florida
Ian Collins, the client:
“I didn’t want a big place,” he says. “I didn’t want to insult any of the things around it.”
Dale Parks, the architect:
“You don’t want to decimate an established neighborhood with a gargantuan house.”
Wayne Eastep, Photographer:
“After Dale explained the concept for this project I knew it would be to be a pleasure to photograph.”
Ian Collins knows glass. He is CEO of Novum Structures, which builds some of the most innovative structures using glazing in the world: Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL; The Palladium Mall, Istanbul, Turkey; MGM City Center, Las Vegas, NV, to name a few.
Architect Dale Parks knows design. He works within a modern architectural vernacular. His designs have contextual integrity that shows respect for the environment within which they exist. If I were to use hashtags to describe his work they would include: #Modern Architecture, #Architecture meets Nature, #Beauty through Design, and #Design with Integrity.
Ian and Dale showed respect for the neighborhood by keeping the scale of the house within the context of the neighborhood. The living a.c.square footage is 2,800, porch 500 sq. ft. plus garage. The design solution also built on the idea of connecting the inside of the shelter to the nature outside. Dale the architect and Ian the engineer and client created a successful relationship between commercial material – the large glass panels by Novum Structures – and a residential shelter connected to nature.
Read the feature story in Sarasota Magazine.