Mis- Nippon, Kyoto, Japan, Shozan-gardens, Kinugasa, Kitaku,

Miss Yumi Tsutsui “Miss Nippon” “Miss Kimono” in the gardens of Shozan kimono weaving company in Kinugasa Kitaku area of Kyoto, Japan

Persona

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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Persona # 5

Portrait of “Miss Nippon”, Yumi Tsutsui. Gardens of Shozan kimono waving company, Kyoto, Japan.

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Recent Personal Images

Japanese Dancer

Makeup for traditional Japanese dancer

Traditional Japanese Dance preparation, Pontocho Kaburenjo Theater

This young Japanese dancer was getting her make-up in preparation for a Japanese dance performance at the Pontocho Kaburenjo Theater in Kyoto Japan.

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Culture

400 Years Making Sumi

Sumi tools and materials for calligraphy

Sumi tools and materials for calligraphy.  Sumi stick, slate inkwell, calligraphy brush, sumi stick with finger impression by workman at Kobaien sumi factory in Nara, Japan.

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

More images on Japanese culture in Kyoto & Nara.

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