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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Secretary Blenny looking out from it home an evacuated space within a coral.                      Secretary blenny (Acanthemblemaria maria). Blennies take up residence in tiny abandoned holes in coral. Most secretive, they spend most of their time hiding inside or cautiously venturing to the opening of their coral home. They are tiny usually less than 8 cm. long. Bonaire

The Living Seas.

This collection of underwater images made at the premier dive locations in the Caribbean and Florida Keys shows beautiful prints of the vibrant marine life within the Ocean.

Human perception of “out of sight out of mind” is a challenge to our insight into nature.  The oceans and seas are particularly vulnerable to our lack of knowledge because the majority of life beneath the surface is unseen and as a result beyond our consciousness.  This gap of knowledge and understanding is an existential threat not only to the health of the oceans but to our lives, livelihoods, and way of life.

This year, 2018, on the Gulf Coast of Florida a major ecological crisis has surfaced.  From within the waters of the Gulf, countless dead fish surfaced washing onto the pristine white crystalline sands of Siesta beach.  Siesta beach has been recognized as having  “the world’s finest, whitest sand”.

Red Tide has been a phenomenon for more than a hundred years resulting in fish kills.  The Red Tide this year has resulted in an extraordinary number of dead fish plus dead turtles, sharks, and dolphins. This year’s red tide event is historic and deadly serious.  It is a serious threat to marine life, human life, and economics.

For those of us experiencing this deadly event, it has been depressing.  I’ve curated a collection of underwater images I made in the Gulf, Florida Keys and Caribbean which are full of life and beauty.  They are offered to show what a Living Sea looks like and to uplift our spirit.

You’re invited to an opening showcasing these prints October 27, 11 am to 4 pm at my gallery Eastep Photography, 1338 Central Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34236.

 

 

 

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The Living Seas

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Froglet: a young frog; specifically: one that has recently metamorphosed from a tadpole. In the swimming pool post-hurricane Irma. Sarasota, Florida

Tadpole you’ve been metamorphosized, now you’re a Froglet, congratulations.  

Forget the phrase “they breed like rabbits”  a frog will lay 20,000 eggs, yes you heard me right 20,000 eggs, yikes. 

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Your not a frog, nor a tadpole or pollywog omg…..You must be a FROGLET

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Healing Power of Photographic Art

I remember the feeling of peace and calm when I made this image at dawn.  The quiet was accompanied by the chirps and songs of birds nearby and far away. 

Original photographic image used for interior decor

So it felt right when this image was selected by Jerri Menaul of Art Vitae for installation at the new cancer center, Florida Cancer Specialist & Research Institute in north Fort Meyers, Florida.

The interior space was a long wall between the administrative offices and exam rooms.  While documenting the installation a number of staff and patients stopped to say how positive it was for them to have this beautiful and peaceful image in a place of medical treatment and healing.  As an artist, knowing that the energy I put into creating an image  has capability to connect with others and enhance their lives is a reward in and of itself.

 

 

To see other examples of how my images have enriched corporate and residential spaces visit the gallery, Art Decor Installations on my website:  https://www.WayneEastep.com

Photographic art display in medical center.

                Florida Cancer Specialist and Research Institute, Cape Coral Cancer Center

 

Photographic art display in medical center.

Cape Coral Cancer Center

             Florida Cancer Specialist and Research Institute, Fort Myers, Florida

 

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Healing Power of Photographic Art

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The Sun is Returning

Last night marked the Winter Solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. A time of cold and dark has come.  For many this event serves as an astronomical marker and a metaphorical symbol. We are entering a period of long nights when darkness seems to define our sense of time.  The truth is that with the passing of each day moments of light will be added to the daily cycle replacing darkness with light.  The sun is returning.   With the return of the sun we are reassured night will not last forever.  Light will prevail. The energy of the sun will cast light into the places of darkness and shadow.  The light reveals what could not be seen in the dark.  The suns promise of energy, creation, light, warmth and rebirth is the hope showing us the way through the dark.   Take a moment turn your face to the sun and accept the reassurance from the warmth.

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Sun viewed above the Gulf of Mexico, Sarasota, Florida

Posted at sunrise 7:17 am 12/22/2016 Sarasota, Florida, U.S.A.

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Return of the Sun

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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.

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Yellow on Gold

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Yellow on Gold

Abstract color study. Yellow and Gold.

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