Life Observed

I am a seeker and keeper of stories using visual poetry to observe the ordinary in hopes of seeing the humanity that points toward our oneness.


A constant in my photographic work is observing life and communicating those observations with images.  I am excited to participate in the current competition being sponsored by Lens Culture.  The theme is Street Photography.   Here are the five images I’ve submitted.

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In the heart of midtown Manhattan NYC, among the hard surfaces of concrete, glass and steel, a moment of childlike wonderment. A bubble one of the most delicate things there is catches the attention of preoccupied New Yorkers and gives them a moment of joyful engagement.

 

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I spontaneously gave this image the title “interchange 5th Avenue.”
Then I thought, “maybe I should check the exact meaning of interchange.
The Oxford dictionary gives this definition:
“1 (of two people) exchange (things) with each other: 2 put each of (two things) in the other’s place; alternate, exchange between two people etc: 2 alternation.”
This meaning is pertinent to my image: “road junction where traffic streams do not cross.”

 

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Observed from 15 stories up, people walking in front of the New York Stock Exchange on Broad Street in New York City, NY.

 

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Gentleman in the white suite is a member of Santeria an Afro-Caribbean religious tradition of the Yoruba people of Nigeria.

 

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View from Hotel Raquel, Old Havana, Cuba

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entry: Lens Culture / Street Photography Awards 2017

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Can Beauty be a Political Statement?

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Blue rods of light

I speak for myself. Civility in America’s public arena is under challenge through crass, vulgar and denigrating speech. The growth in tolerance and egalitarianism over the past few decades is facing a setback through intolerant language and actions. When I watch tv news, read newspapers and listen to the radio I come away with the sense that America is in a dark threatening time.

As an artist what can I do to contribute to a more civil, tolerant, inclusive and positive society?

Can beauty be a counter to ugly language and behavior?  I believe it can. The laws of science and human behavior support the principle of balancing forces. I offer beautiful images as an artistic and political counterbalance to the ugliness. I invite you to join me in the affirmation of life as we strive for refinement in our lives. What we visualize will have an impact on our attitudes and behavior. This is not a naive call for putting our heads in the sand or pretending that there aren’t a multitude of challenges to the common good. For me it is a recognition of the negative and a choice to turn toward the positive. In the face of darkness and ugliness, light and beauty is a revolutionary action.

To see more images in the Color & Light series visit WayneEastep.com

 

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Can Beauty be a Political Statement?

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Yellow on Gold

To see other images in the Color & Light series visit Wayne Eastep.com

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Yellow on Gold

Abstract color study. Yellow and Gold.

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Collins residence, 200 square foot dining room, 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.”

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Entrance and Cantilever Dining Room


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.

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Back of the Collins house with a view into and through the structure

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View from foyer with view through the house onto the deck and pool looking west

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Living room, dining room and kitchen looking east

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Living room with media wall and fireplace

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Open loft office

Open Loft Office, Master Bedroom, Master Bathroom

(R) Staircase to open office and guest bedrooms (L) staircase to master bedroom and bath

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Staircase leads to guest bedrooms and open loft office .


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Master Bathroom

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Point Supported Glass connecting glass panels at the corner of the dining room.

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Point Supported Glass

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Front of the Collins residence  facing east

 

 See more of Dale Parks architectural design visit: Eastep Photography

 

 

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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

Saudi Arabia

BEDOUIN of Saudi Arabia

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“The End of the Earth,” that’s how Herodotus described Kazakhstan.  After traveling from one end of the country to the other I would describe it as the Center of the Earth.

It’s large.  The ninth largest country in terms of land mass and the largest in Central Asia.  China and Mongolia are on the eastern border, Siberia on the north, Russia on the northwest, the Caspian Sea on the west and the Stan’s: Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan along the southern border.

The landscape is diverse; mountains, forests, canyons, foothills, plains, steppes, semi-desert and deserts.  Climate ranges from very hot summers to extremely cold and windy winters.

To keep my Nikon motor drives working in the winter I had to keep the batteries next to my chest under a layer of tee shirt, thermal undergarments, wool shirt, wind resistant insulated layering jacket and extreme weather shell designed for high altitudes.  I had to slowly hand rewind the film to a avoid static electric streaks like lightning on the emulsion.

There’s a lot to show, so I will break the images up into sets.  This first set will illustrate the mountains.  Subsequent entries will show other features of this diverse and magnificent land.

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Kazakhstan, “The End of the Earth”

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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

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan Crossroads of Culture and Commerce

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