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Dingy on Sarasota Bay, Sarasota, Florida

Technological limitations with the iPhone11Pro camera results in an opportunity to discover new expressions in an image. This image for example was made after dusk in low light. Phone cameras have a challenge recording images in low light conditions. This image of the dingy creates a mood that an exacting image made with my high end Nikon would not. The pixels are breaking up, the colors degraded, a technical issue called “noise” and there is a loss of sharpness. The result is that the image takes on a painterly look and creates a feeling that is moody and ambiguous.

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Seeing into the mood of the moment

Low light image of a boat on Sarasota bay with the iPhone11Pro camera.

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Full Moon, September 1, 2020. Sarsaota, Florida

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Full Moon 9.1.20 SRQ

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Saudi Arabia has dunes, Kazakhstan has mountains, Kyoto has gardens, Iceland…well just about everything, Sarasota has skies

This time of year Sarasota has dramatic skies. Beyond the the beauty of nature there is an opportunity to experience in an elemental way the energy of connection between heaven and earth. Sometimes the clouds are dark and foreboding and even then behind the darkness there is light. Taking time to be present and take in the moment can be a teaching. Nature is the source.

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Heaven and Earth

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Clouds, skies, cloudscapes, fine art photography, images, Sarasota Bay, sunset

Skies of Sarasota No.2

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Skies of Sarasota No.2

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Covid-19, Pandemic 2020, Image-Concept,
Out of Balance

This is a time when our core is being shaken.

We are feeling scattered and out of balance. The babel of voices: words, words and more words, promising this and that is a crazy making cacophony. The tsunami of numbers numb us and threatens to dehumanize this dreadful situation.

“The death of one man: that is a catastrophe. Hundreds of thousands of deaths: that is a statistic”. Kurt Tucholsky, German Journalist/Pacifist 1932.

Seems that we are living in our own parable. A flu virus started in one place on the planet and within a short time it spread like a wildfire. Globalization is showing us how interconnected we are. Modes of travel make it possible for speedy transmission of a virus. Communication technology quickly spreads rumors and facts around the world. This creates more challenges and confusion. We try to sort things out, but this effort causes us more stress and leads to our feeling more out of balance. This is the dark side to our interconnectivity.

We do not have to be victims of this condition. Within us is the ability to regulate these influences. This new order of globalization makes possible another way of being with positive potential. Perhaps as no other time in history is it clearer that we share a universal connection. The challenge is, how can we find healthy ways to bring our relationships into balance?

Business leaders, companies, and politicians, do not and will not have the answer to this challenge.

The answer is simple and lies inside each of us. Do we want to live in a more aware and respectful way? Will we respect the laws of nature and each other? Will we have the desire to find stillness in the core of our being and create balance? Time will tell. As has happened in the past across many civilizations there comes a time when continuing to live in the same way no longer works, the order we perceive becomes shattered and out of balance.

If we take time to look within the current situation we’ll discover a light shining in this darkness that illuminates a new way. That light is our awareness, it is our respect for nature, each other and our shared unity.

Collectively we have created a globalized economy with profound interconnectivity and complexity. Surely we have the capacity to turn our abilities of intellect, calculation, and management of resources toward the goal of achieving balance through conscious connectivity.

A still point within the collective parts creates balance.

Our way of thinking does not cause calamities like the Covid-19 pandemic. The spread of the virus seems to be caused by international travel, lack of effective preventative actions: staying at home, distancing and sanitizing.

Understanding the link between our being and behavior can help us reset so we can live in a balanced way. Our way of thinking and being can help diminish disorders like the Covid-19 virus and future disruptions.

The individual rocks in the first image were organized with care, intention, and the idea of finding a still point whereby connection between each rock brings the group into balance. This metaphor may help us find a new way of being, individually and collectively. How can we live in relationship in a way that we support each other? How do we strengthen that still point within our core and create a balanced way of being individually and collectively?

There is no one answer, no single ideology. There will be many answers. What will organize the variety of ideas and connect them in a meaningful way is a new, more conscious way of being. The way we are, our being, will inform our behavior. As the age old cliche says, “Change starts with ‘me’.”

I’ve taken time to reflect on these ideas. Looking beyond the damage and death caused by Covid-19, I see an opportunity to reevaluate and understand how we got out of balance. By acknowledging that the way we are living together on the planet is out of balance, we can start a process of finding balance within our individual lives, and together.

Here are a few people I’ve found helpful as I search for balance in my life. They are offering knowledge and insights to us all for free. You may have resources you find helpful as you evolve toward a balanced way of living. I invite you to share them with me and I’ll repost them on this blog so we all may benefit. Thank you, Wayne Eastep

“Hope in Uncertain Times” Oprah & Deepak

“PEPP MWe Up Talk & Gathering” Dr. Dan Siegel

“Gratefulness in Three Steps” On Being Project

“Antidotes to fear of death from an astrophysicist & poet” Brain Pickings

“Intersections” Hitendra Wadhwa

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Seeking Balance in an Unbalanced Time

Seeking balance in time of pandemic

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Lamba, Malagasy akotofahana textile “Mainty ny Fotsy” woven in late 1980’s at LAMBA SARL, Antananarivo, Madagascar. https://www.lemurreserve.org/

I made a reproduction image in my studio of this elegant textile know as a Lamba from Madagascar.

It has been donated to the Lemur Conservation Foundation in Myakka City, Florida

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Lamba from Madagascar

Lamba textile from Madagascar.

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Portrait for Nautica in a nutmeg factory in Grenada.

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Fashion Portrait

Portrait made in a nutmeg factory in Granada for Nautica fashion campaign.

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Wayne Foster with a puppy at Southeastern Guide-dog Center.

The connection between Wayne Foster and the “guide-dog to be” puppy is strong in this portrait. When a connection between the person and the focus of their attention is established an essential energy within begins to move. That energy and connection can be seen and felt. This connection and energy is the potential power of a portrait. When we see this alchemy we feel an emotional response and our own connection to the person in the portrait is established.

To book your portrait session contact me at WayneEastep@Gmail.com

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Portraits

Connection = Energy in a portrait

Portrait showing the connection between the person and the puppy.

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Family Portrait
Reba Foster with her daughters Faye Foster and Patti Eastep

Family portraits serve many purposes; illustrating the relationships between family members, marking a point in time, and showing the personalities of each person in the family.

No wonder when a natural disaster happens people universally search through the rubble to find family portraits which serve as a memory. It is axiomatic of the human condition that we are connected to memory.

When you want to create a memory of your family contact me for a portrait session: WayneEastep@gmail.com

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Family Portrait

Family portrait.

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune   

Entertainment & Life  Dec. 16, 2018  

by Marty Fugate / correspondent

 

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Artful giving: A gift as personal as it gets. by Marty Fugate / correspondent Sarasota Herald-Tribune December 16, 2018

Link to Sarasota Herald-Tribune article

 http://heraldtribune.com/entertainmentlife/20181215/artful-giving-gift-as-personal-as-it-gets

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Artful giving: A gift as personal as it gets. by Marty Fugate / correspondent

Studio portrait by photographer Wayne Eastep. Featured in Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Entertainment & Life by Marty Fugate / correspondent.

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Observed Moments

I was walking down fifth avenue and saw this image, paused turned back and asked the person if it would be ok to make an image of their shoes. They looked a little puzzled, but said, ok. After making the image I showed it to them and they said, “wow very cool, I had no idea”.

One of the great satisfactions of photography is being able to make an image of those fleeting moments that we come upon every day.

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Observed Moments, No. 2

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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.

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Life observed, a rainy Sunday

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While living in New York City I often made a study of the twin towers of the World Trade Center. Living in midtown I would look downtown and see the towers. Moving around the city and coming up from the subway I would look for the towers giving me an immediate sense of where I was in the city. They became an orientation a defining feature of the cityscape.

Over the years I photographed a variety of assignments there; Buckminster Fuller giving a lecture, and ad for Windows on the World, corporate marketing for UPS, etc.  As I moved around the city I would observe the towers making images of them in relationship to the various neighborhoods. Like many New Yorkers I oriented physically and psychologically with the twin towers. That sense remains with me, I think it always will.

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Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, Orientation and Relationship

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Clouds at sunset in Sarasota, Florida on September 2, 2020.

Skies of Sarasota No.5

Made with the iPhone11Pro camera. No filters, a raw image observed.

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Sarasota Skies, No. 5

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Sarasota Skies, No. 4

Sunset over Sarasota Bay, Sarasota, Florida

I made this image with the iPhone11Pro/camera. No filters, no adjustments, raw from the camera.

One of the things I like about this image is the shapes of the clouds which remind me of mountains on the horizon.

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Skies of SARASOTA

July through September in Sarasota, Florida produces a showcase of skyscapes and cloud dramas.

Recent Personal Images

Skies of Sarasota

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