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

Conscious Living, Culture, Recent Personal Images

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

Art, Cultural-Travel, Culture, Design

Lamba from Madagascar

Lamba textile from Madagascar.

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Family-Portrait, Portrait, Portraiture,
Family portrait; Ryan, Bridget, and Isabella
Mother-Daughter, Portrait, Family-Portrait, Studio-Portrait, Portraiture
Bridget, and Isabella
Father-Daughter, Family-Portrait, Studio-Portrait, Portrait, Portraiture
Ryan with 6 weeks old Isabelle

Time passes so quickly. Thirty years from now Ryan, Bridget and Isabella will be happy that this fleeting moment early on in Isabella’s life was recorded.

No surprise that when a disaster strikes people worldwide return to the site and one of the first things they search for are family pictures.

To book a moment in time with your family or friends contact me to schedule your portrait session.

https://www.WayneEastep.com

Recent Personal Images

Milestones to Remember

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Family-Portrait, Portraits, Portaiture
Peter, Greer and Maddy, Newport, R.I.

An “environmental portrait” shows people within their place. It gives us a fuller sense of who they are and what makes up their life. This portrait of Peter and Greer gives us a sense of the lush plantings which are an important part of their place and their lives. And of course their beautiful dog Maddy.

Black and white images eliminate the energy and vibrations that color introduces. It also creates and elemental way for us to view the content of the image. Black and white images have survived the “test of time” and are as beautiful now as they have been since the introduction of photography.

To book your portrait session contact me through my website: https://www.WayneEastep.com

Family Portrait, Portraits

Family Portrait

Family portrait in Newport, R.I. Peter, Greer, and Maddy.

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portrait, portraits, portraiture,
Portrait for Nautica in a nutmeg factory in Grenada.

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Commerical Photography, Fashion, Portraits

Fashion Portrait

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

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Portrait, Portraiture, Environmental Portrait,
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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Dr. Robert Carlson in the Heart Surgery Operating Room of Sarasota Memorial Hospital.
Dr. Robert Carlson

I made this environmental portrait of Dr. Robert Carlson, heart surgeon, for an editorial story profiling his remarkable “off pump” open heart surgery technique. A year later I chose him to perform open heart surgery on me using the “off pump” technique. I’ve always liked this portrait for it’s combination of showing Dr. Carlsons warm humanity and his confidence. This is a situation where what I saw in a person I trusted and put my life in his hands.

Portraits

Dr. Robert Carlson

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Portrait, Portraiture, Studio Portrait,
Dale Parks, AIA Architect, Sarasota, Florida

Studio portrait with Architect, Dale Parks.

Portraits

Studio Portrait / Dale Parks

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Portrait, Portraiture, Business-Headshot, Studio-Portrait,
Joseph Caulkins, Conductor Key Chorale, Writer and Mountaineer, Sarasota, Florida

Working with someone who understands that being in contact with the persona within them and able to allow their energy to express who they are results in a warm, “real,” and natural portrait. That’s what took place collaborating with Joseph Caulkins on this studio portrait.

To view other portraits visit the portraiture gallery within my website: https://www.WayneEastep.com

Portraits

Conductor, Writer, Mountaineer

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Portrait, Portraits, Portraiture, Business-Headshots, Environmental Portrait,
Cravats Custom Clothiers & Haberdashery, Sarasota, Florida

Environmental portraits have so many wonderful dimensions; the person of course plus their space and what they do and the energy with which they show up in their place.

This has been a speciality of my photography from the beginning of my professional career. Having made literally thousands of images like this worldwide I am now working from a fixed place, my studio in Sarasota, Florida.

To book a portraiture session at your place or my studio contact me at WayneEastep@Gmail.com

Portraits

Portrait: Custom Clothiers & Haberdashery

Business portrait in Sarasota Florida

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