Open Studios at Central Creative Commons, Sarasota, Florida
While photographing the 2017 eclipse on Lido beach in Sarasota, Florida a gentleman from Ireland came up to show me his watch and asked, what do you think is going on”? The minute and hour hands were moving on their own spinning freely on the face of his watch.
Two women walked along the beach each with a Cheerios cereal box with two holes cut into the narrow end of the box making it a pinhole viewing device for safe viewing of the eclipse.
A woman from Argentina wanted to know if that was a fisheye lens. “Yes”, I answered. “I thought so, I learned about that in a photography class I took”, she said.
Two women from South America sat down on a towel beside me. After awhile they asked, “has it started or is it finished”. I answered, “it’s about 75% complete”.
A man who had been walking in the surf came up and asked, “Can I take a look”? “No, I am working” I answered. “I see, ok” he replied and walked back into the surf.
Having seen images of other total eclipse’s I was eager to see the corona around the sun. Lesson one in photography, often what you think you’ll photograph won’t happen. So it was with this eclipse, no corona. The second lesson of photography, stay put and accept what’s before you, move beyond looking and SEE. I realized I was standing at the water’s edge with the sky above and within this stage set a celestial drama was playing out. The poetry of earth, ocean, sky, sun, and moon seemed good enough to me. So I made the images you see here.
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.
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.
I am a seeker and keeper of stories using visual poetry to observe the ordinary in hopes of seeing the humanity that points toward our oneness.
A constant in my photographic work is observing life and communicating those observations with images. I am excited to participate in the current competition being sponsored by Lens Culture. The theme is Street Photography. Here are the five images I’ve submitted.
Eastep Photographic Art Gallery, 1338 Central Avenue, Sarasota, FL 34236
Each face and every company has a story. I create images that help tell your story.
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Eastep Photography studio and photographic art gallery is open by appointment.
Call or email for a time to visit the gallery or schedule a photo session in the studio.
Studio phone: 941.355.9605 email: WayneEastep@Gmail.com
1338 Central Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 34236
Map Link: https://goo.gl/maps/tQYzuGCg2AP2
Photographic services include:
portraiture, business head shots, advertising illustration, still life, product photography
commercial and editorial licensing to use existing images within my archive.
The gallery features coastal images of Florida plus an extensive range of subjects from 125 countries.
The photo library of digital images can be viewed on a large screen tv at your leisure.
You can select images, choose the material your prefer, and we will print to your specifications.
Samples materials for printing are available for comparison at the gallery.
The gallery is a showcase for interior designers. Collectors and the public are welcome.