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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Happy winter solstice. The long days of darkness have passed. Now each day will bring more light and in time new life; grapes for wine, fresh arugula for salads, wheat for bread, raspberries for dessert…..

Fir tree in the Tien Shan mountains of Kazakhstan.

I turn to nature and celebrate the life and abundance that the light gives us. I hope to use each day to cultivate love, harmony, and beauty.

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Prayer cloths on a tree by a mountain stream in Kazakhstan.

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Happy Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice brings light and life.

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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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Style magazine Arts section by Su Byron

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An article in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Style magazine, Arts section.                      by Su Byron

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Interior Kiva at spruce tree house Mesa Verde CO

Sacred Light

Ancestral Puebloans built Spruce Tree House around A.D. 1200.  It was re-discovered in 1888, and is the third largest cliff dwelling in Mesa Verde National Park. This Cliff Dwelling housed somewhere around 60 to 80 people. This is a view from inside one of the 8 Kivas found at Spruce Tree House. Kivas are subterranean structures that were most likely used for spiritual ceremonies. 

This image is one of 12 prints in the collection “Art Within Architecture” on exhibit at Eastep Photography Gallery,  1338 Central Avenue, Sarasota, Florida, 34234.  The prints can be viewed on Saturday, September 29, 2018, between 11 am and 4 pm.  The Gallery is also open by appointment.  Call 917.675.0640 or write WayneEastep@Gmail.com

For print sizes and print contact WayneEastep@Gmail.com

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Art Within Architecture Kiva Mesa Verde

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Art Central featured in the Arts section of the Sarasota Herald-Tribune.  Article by Marty Fugate.

 

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Art Central featured in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune Arts section August 19, 2018. Byline: Marty Fugate.

Art Central studio opening Saturday, August 25, 2018, 11 am – 4 pm

1330 -1340 Central Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34236.

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Art Central Featured Herald-Tribune Arts Section

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Mother daughter portrait, Patti and Layla Eastep.  Studio, Sarasota, Florida

Patti and Layla Eastep.  Mother and daughter studio portrait, Sarasota, Florida.

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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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Persona # 9

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Flamenco Dancer, Puerto Rico,

Flamenco Dancer, Puerto Rico

 

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 #8

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Nubian Woman / Studio Portrait

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Nubian woman, studio portrait


 

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 # 7

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