The Inner Path of Photography

We yearn for the taste of the sacred…and through our cameras discover it, the world, and ourselves.

Category: Events – Houston

Are You Feeding Your Inspiration?

“Self-Portrait: Artist at Play“, Heidi Straube, © 2011



I wrote this article 6 years ago – and it still gives me great pleasure to remember the event, and what I learned from it. In fact, I’m going to go out and act like a kid, RIGHT NOW! I hope this inspires you to go out and do the same…

Happy Feed Your Inspiration Day!

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“It’s marvelous, marvelous! Nothing will ever be as much fun.
I’m going to photograph everything, everything!”
(Jacques-Henri Lartigue –  after taking his first photograph, age six) 

Yesterday I participated in a street painting workshop.

It was wonderful.

Three hours on a Saturday morning on a beautiful day in Houston. Eighty degrees, clear blue skies, coffee and kolaches.  Laughing and creating with my friend, enjoying being in the space of other people who were creating too, learning something new.

Later in the afternoon, I showed a picture of my “painting” to another friend.

He laughed, saying “It looks just like a kid’s picture!”

And I laughed too.  “I know, isn’t it great?”

I felt like a kid. I had had no idea what I was doing, enjoyed the process, didn’t judge the outcome…and it was totally freeing.

If you are doing the same thing every day (whether in your creative work or your life) and wondering what happened to your inspiration, try something new. Change up the routine, even if it’s going to a different place for coffee before work, listening to a new radio station on the internet, or wearing a color you don’t usually wear.

If you are feeling blocked, in the dead zone, without creative ideas or enthusiasm for life, claim and deepen your inner silence. Then also look to outside sources to nourish your soul.

We often live our lives in the same way, with the same people, and no new perspectives, support, or learning. And then we expect “inspiration” to come when we call.

Perhaps inspiration is right not to show up on command. If you were ignored, fed little, and expected to be there no matter what, would you keep on showing up?

There are many ways to feed your inspiration, and actually, what nurtures you may be totally different from someone else.

This week I realized that I needed a new inspiration “shot,” and it wasn’t going to come from my usual friends and colleagues sources. It was time to call on my outer spirit guides!

Curiosity, hunger for learning, and comradeship with kindred spirits are some of the things that feed my inspiration. So I (among other things):

* Watched a fantastic DVD, “Inspirations” by Michael Apted – Interviews with creative people talking about their creative process, work, and lives

* Looked at and read “Seasons of Light” by photographer Peter Brown, a wonderful book of images and writing

* Went to a talk at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston about Istanbul in the 16th century, learning more about Islamic art and how the miniatures reflected the culture, remembering the special time I had in Istanbul last spring, and meeting some new like-minded travelers and art lovers.

* Discovered a new photography show at the MFAH I had been unaware of, images from Heinrich Kuhn, filled with my favorite kind of photography.

* Dropped by to see some friends renovating a building, appreciating their vision and skills in creating beauty and function in a physical architectural form.

Swimming, a great cafe, and people I love enhanced the experience.

What nurtures your inspiration? What have you been neglecting?

Be good to yourself and let other sources feed you. Whether they’re new sources or old sources, make sure they are deliberate sources that you know make you alive.

Walk away from the usual, if even for an hour.

Feed and nurture your inspiration.


(“Heidi, first street painting,” Cameron Payne, © 2011)

Street Painting Workshop, taught by Cecilia Linayao Bio, sponsored by Via Colori, funded by Center for Speech and Hearing, Houston.

“Safe Haven” Awarded – See Winners – Last Day July 29, Archway Gallery, Houston, TX

I’m pleased to announce…

My photo piece, “Safe Haven” was awarded an “Honorable Mention”
in the Seventh Annual Juried Exhibition at Archway Gallery, Houston.

Click here to see the slide show of winners
and information about artists, entries, curator comments.

Tomorrow, Wednesday, July 29 is the last day of the show!
Gallery hours 10 AM – 6 PM, 2305 Dunlavy, Houston TX 77006

“Safe Haven,” beautifully matted and framed, is also for sale.
Please call the gallery at 713-522-2409.
25% of proceeds benefit Young Audiences of Houston!

“Safe Haven” – the photo poem – found here

Heidi Archway Safe Haven IMG_6277

I provide transformational experiences for those who desire
to joyfully live and create their inner truth in the outer world.

Through photography, contemplative practices, and inner path coaching,
I partner with you to feel, express, and live your unique experience of the Sacred.

Enjoy your photography…improve your images…claim your life.​

“Safe Haven” at Archway Gallery, Houston, TX Reception Saturday July 11


One would think that all would stay
snug in their homes in the midst of a blizzard

But there is magic in snowfall, power in the wind, mystery to be felt.

I found I must walk to the beach, drawn to the immense Silence.

The glow emerging of resting red tail lights
A single brave soul contemplating the ocean

We need not stay home to be safe in the vast wildness.

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“Safe Haven”
selected for the

Archway Gallery
“Seventh Annual Juried Art Exhibition”
July 11 – July 29, 2015

Opening Reception:
Saturday, July 11
5 pm – 8 pm
Juror’s Talk, Awards, 6:30 PM

Juror: Gus Kopriva
Benefiting Young Audiences of Houston
2305 Dunlavy, Houston, TX 77006

“Safe Haven,” First Encounter Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts

© 2015 Heidi Straube

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I provide transformational experiences for those who desire
to joyfully live and create their inner truth in the outer world.

Through photography, contemplative practices, and inner path coaching,
I partner with you to feel, express, and live your unique experience of the Sacred.

Enjoy your photography…improve your images…claim your life.​

“One More Chance”…My scroll hanging at Peter T. Brown Gallery

"As if in a dream…" scroll wall hanging, Peter T Brown Gallery Houston, TX, Heidi Straube

Below is the original post about  my scroll wall hanging “As if in a dream…seaside contemplations.”

The exhibition will be up until March 12 – so I invite you to see my work and other wonderful images if you haven’t had a chance to do so. Enjoy…

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I’m pleased to share with you my latest scroll wall hanging,
“As if in a dream…seaside contemplations”

in the inaugural exhibition
“Over Time: Photography from the Advanced Photography Workshop”
Peter T. Brown Gallery, Houston, Texas.

I’m enjoying integrating my love of meditation, Japanese sensibilities, and beauty of the sea in my current work, and am happy to share this special hanging with you.

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“As if in a dream…seaside contemplations” is my contemporary interpretation of the art and intention of traditional scroll wall hangings created by Japanese Zen monks.

In Zenga (Zen art) the scrolls come from an act of meditation. The monk/artist immerses himself in the essence of Spirit, then expresses it visually, to share and inspire a similar experience in the viewer.

Hangings such as these are placed in a contemplative space in the home, to remind and reconnect the viewer to the ever-present inner bliss and beautiful outer manifestations of God.

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I believe deeply that we all deserve to be connected to our joy…whether we call it God, inner peace, or Spirit.

Life challenges us, and we forget about this beautiful essence within. My work, in the spirit of Zenga, is to bring that spiritual experience to people, and to feel it myself as I create my photographic images and the forms they take.

I invite you to the experience of meeting your soul through photography.

hstraube_asifinadreamscrollhanging_frontv2_petertbrowngallery_2014-9080"As if an dream…seaside contemplations" scroll wall hanging, Heidi Straube - Inner Path photography

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The scroll: I chose three images from my contemplative series, “Sea Dreams,” printed them on archival velvet-style paper, and designed a hand-stitched silk Jacquard scroll wall hanging to complement their peaceful presence. While the front of the scroll highlights the images, the back also radiates it own beauty with hand-stitching, a subtle golden Japanese leaf print on green silk, and a small signed contemplative seaside image gracing the top.

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The Peter T. Brown Gallery, located in the Anderson-Clarke Center at Rice University, is open Monday – Friday, 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Thursdays until 8:00 PM. Enter Entrance #8, at University Boulevard and Stockton Drive. The Anderson-Clarke Center will be on your left. There is free 15-minute parking behind the building.

More about the Peter T. Brown Gallery & the Glasscock School of Continuing Education, Rice University

More contemplative images from Heidi Straube

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