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A portrait should represent your likeness and evoke your emotional energy.

That is my goal when making your portrait.

I  think of your portrait as being an image representing the outside and inside of you.  A single image if made with focus and connection can be a true representation of your persona. However, no manner how successful the single image is it will not represent the whole truth of who you are because you are way too complex.  At the moment the photograph is made you may be open and the still image can communicate that openness.  You may also be quiet, cautious, and have wit, chances are the single picture will not communicate all of those aspects of your persona.  When making your portrait I will guide you to being present in the moment and not get concerned about trying to show all the aspects of your persona.  Let’s be satisfied with getting one image that reflects who you are.

When you open your spirit and allow your energy to move and I focus my attention and spirit we can connect in 125th of a second to create an image that communicates your persona.

My Portrait Studio is located in downtown Sarasota at 1338 Central Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236.  I’ve put a lot of intention into creating a space that is warm, comfortable and safe with the goal that you will feel good about having your portrait made.  I look forward to working with you to “capture” your persona. 

To schedule a time to make  your portrait contact me; WayneEastep@Gmail.com  or call 917.675.0640.

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Shakbak-Ata Zoroastrian Temple, Shakbak-ata Canyon, Manghstau Region, Kazakhstan

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.”

Burning flame

Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions. It was founded by the Prophet Zoroaster (or Zarathustra) in ancient Iran approximately 3500 years ago.

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

http://www.WayneEastep.com

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Art Within Architecture Shakbak – Ata

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Muqarnas, Khawaja-Akmed-Yesevi, mosque, Turkestan, Kazakhstan, Sufi, Sufism, Central-Asia, Kazakhstan,

Muqarnas, interior detail within the Khawaja Akmed Yesevi mosque, Turkestan, Kazakhstan

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

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Art Within Architecture / Khawaja Akmed Yesevi

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

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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

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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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Kazakhstan is dotted with 48,000 lakes, many small like this mirror-surfaced one at Ush-Konyr near Fabrichny

Kazakhstan is dotted with 48,000 lakes, many small like this mirror-surfaced one at Ush-Konyr near Fabrichny

 Lake Ush-Konyr is a one of my favorite places with no  power lines in sight, silent and serene.  Kazakhs consider  lakes  the eyes of the sky.
Kazakhstan is a place of irony.  Some of the worst man-made disasters; Aral Sea and Polygon have occurred in Kazakhstan.  Some of the most beautiful and pristine places on earth are to be found in Kazakhstan.
To see more images of Kazakhstan visit: EastepPhotography.com

 

 

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Eyes of the Sky

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Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan

 

Photographer Wayne Eastep at Kazakhstan exhibition "Nomads & Networks"

Wayne Eastep standing by his photograph of the Tien Shan mountain range in Kazakhstan. The Tien Shan are also know as the “Celestial Mountains.” The print is at the entrance to the exhibit “Nomads and Networks” at the Freer | Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.

Documentary Photographer Wayne Eastep with his print at the Arthur Sackler gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Documentary photographer Wayne Eastep next to his print of a Steppe horse in the steppes of southern Kazakhstan. The print is part of the “Nomads & Networks” exhibit at the Arthur Sackler Gallery at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C.

Nomads and Networks: The ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan

August 11- November 12, 2012

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery        Asian Art Museum of the Smithsonian Institution        Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

 

 

Artifacts in the exhibition.                             Images from THE SOUL OF KAZAKHSTAN.

Wayne Eastep at the opening of "Nomads & Networks" exhibition at the Arthur Sackler gallery Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.

Wayne Eastep with Dana Masalimova, Third Secretary, Embassy of the Republic of Kazkahstan and William C. Veale, Executive Director U.S. – Kazakhstan Business Association at the opening of “Nomads & Networks.” Arthur Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian, Washington, D.C.

The Exhibition has been organized by the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University in collaboration with:

Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan.                                           The Central State Museum of the Republic of Kazakhstan.                                                           Multifunctional Scientific-Analytical and Humanitarian-Educational State Enterprise “Nazarbayev Center.”                                        Ministry of Science and Education of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

A. Kh. Margulan Institute of Archaeology of the Republic of Kazakhstan                        Museum of Archaeology of the Republic of Kazakhstan 

The exhibition was made possible through support of the Leon Levy Foundation.

 

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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

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