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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Family-Portrait, Portrait, Portraiture,
Family portrait; Ryan, Bridget, and Isabella
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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

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Milestones to Remember

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Portrait, Portraiture, Chef, Mark Miller, Santa Fe,
Chef Mark Miller in his kitchen at home in Santa Fe, NM

I particularly enjoy photographing people within their environment. Their place and stuff helps create a stage set for the story around their life. The warmth, beauty and energy in this home kitchen in Santa Fe is very much a reflection of the personality of famed chef Mark Miller.

To discuss a portrait of you within your environment contact me.

WayneEastep@Gmail.com

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Chef Mark Miller

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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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Business Headshot, Portrait, Portraiture,
Director of Research, ExxonMobil, Fairfax, Virginia

Collaborating with executives and business people to create a warm, connected and “real” portrait is often a challenge. They are working under demands on their time and attention and feel the pressures of their position. Being able to engage with them so they feel safe enough to open up and show their personality and be present is often the primary challenge. I am proud of this portrait. He gave to the photo session as much as I did. The portrait was successful because he made his personality and energy available for me to observe.

Until recently my assignments have been on location worldwide. Now I work from my Studio in Sarasota, Florida. Contact me to set up an appointment. I’ll work with you to create a successful portrait.

WayneEastep@Gmail.com

To see a collection of portraits visit my website: https://www.WayneEastep.com and go to the gallery Portraits.

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Business Portrait

Executive portraits.

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TED Talks, TED Conference, New Port, Rhode Island, Author,
Gloria Nagy, author and Richard Saul Wurman creator of the TED Conferences.

Portrait of Gloria Nagy, author and Richard Saul Wurman creator of the TED Talks, in their home in New Port, Rhode Island. I made this image of them for a GE ad promoting GE-Monogram appliances. The concept was to show “Style” influencers in situ.

After decades of photographing people in the places where they live, now I am photographing people in the place where I live, Sarasota, Florida. To arrange a portrait session contact me at WayneEastep@Gmail.com. I can photograph you in my Studio in downtown Sarasota or come to your location.

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Portrait; Gloria Nagy and Richard Saul Wurman.

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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.

Kazakhstan, Prayer Cloths, Nature,
Prayer cloths on a tree by a mountain stream in Kazakhstan.

https://www.WayneEastep.com

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Happy Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice brings light and life.

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Winter solstice has passed and all those long dark days are being replaced by the light. Looking forward to seeing you at the gallery tomorrow, Saturday, December 22nd 11 am to 4 pm.

1338 Central Avenue between 13 & 14th Streets, Sarasota, Florida 34236.

The Living Seas, Underwater photography, fine art, marine life, ocean, sea, fish, Peacock Flounder
Peacock Flounder (Bothus lunatus). These fish live on the bottom or buried in the sand. They blend into their surroundings by changing their color. Little Cayman
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Squid, cephalopods, Teuthida, Bonaire
The Living Seas, Underwater photography, fine art, marine life, ocean, sea, fish, Yellowline Goby
Yellowline Goby (Gobiosoma horsti) These tiny fish live inside sponges and eat parasitic worms. Saba
The Living Seas, Underwater photography, fine art, marine life, ocean, sea, fish,
Queen Angelfish (Holacanthus ciliaris) Bonaire
Balloonfish (Diodon holocanthus). When attacked they will take in water or air to blow themselves up, extending their spines. Balloonfish are also called Porcupinefish. Florida Keys
Balloonfish (Diodon holocanthus). When attacked they will take in water or air to blow themselves up, extending their spines. Balloonfish are also called Porcupinefish. Florida Keys
The Living Seas, Underwater photography, fine art, marine life, ocean, sea, fish,
Longlure Frogfish (Antennarius multiocellatus). Frogfish use their ugliness as camouflage. They will hang out on a rock or sponge and trick unwary fish that come too close to investigate the lure wriggling from the frogfish’s head. Bonaire

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Looking forward to seeing you at the gallery tomorrow Saturday, December 22nd.

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Sarasota Herald-Tribune   

Entertainment & Life  Dec. 16, 2018  

by Marty Fugate / correspondent

 

Art-Sarasota, Entertainment & Life, Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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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Photographer Wayne Eastep installing prints at Eastep Gallery

Photographer Wayne Eastep installing prints for the collection “The Living Seas” at Eastep Photography Gallery.

The exhibit of images will be on display December 22nd 11 am to 4 pm at 1338 Central Avenue Sarasota, Florida 34236.

The images are being offered to lift our spirits after the depressing experience with “red tide” along the coast of Sarasota in recent months.  These beautiful underwater images were photographed in the Carribean, the Florida Keys and the Gulf of Mexico. They show what a healthy marine environment looks like.

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The Living Seas collection

Underwater photographs on display at Eastep Photography Gallery December 22nd, 1338 Central Avenue, Sarasota Florida 34236

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