The Inner Path of Photography

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

Category: Life Lessons from Photography

“Prayer” (after Matisse)


“The essential is to live in a state of mind
that is close to prayer.”



Image: “Love as Prayer”
©2016 Heidi Straube, Istanbul, Turkey
First postings of the Istanbul Collection

Photographer’s Note:
I recently watched the film “A Model for Matisse,” an inspiring and loving documentary about the relationship between Henri Matisse and the woman who inspired him to create what Matisse proclaimed the masterpiece of his life’s work — The Chapel of the Rosary in the French Mediterranean village of Vence.

There were some who thought Matisse should stay away from creating his art in the religious world — Pablo Picasso was one. Picasso thought Matisse to be incorrect to build a chapel when he wasn’t a “believer.”

In a passionate letter to Picasso, Matisse wrote that he saw the chapel as a work of art. Sharing his deep feelings about religion, the sacred experience, and the source of his own art, he wrote:

“The essential is to work in a state of mind that is close to prayer.”

How beautiful, this expression of creating from the soul and heart.
And how precious to live our lives from this place.

May your day be filled with the sacred space, inspired from your own way of prayer.

“Flying” (+ slideshow, more)


I want to fly
he said,

And so he did.

As we each can
In our own unique way.



Images: “Skaters Fly” – Lee & Joe Jamail Skatepark, Houston, TX
© Heidi Straube 2016
Enjoy a short 2-minute slide show –  more images, 2 styles music here…

More Photo poems:

“I Wish That For You Too” mini-meditation/audio: “Comfort”

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“Imagine…You are Art”

Imagine what it must feel like

To be an exquisite piece of art.

Unique. Soulful. Appreciated.

Feel it.

Be it.

Live it.

Image: “Morning Art Spirit”
© 2015 Heidi Straube




I miss the snow this year,
my second winter on Cape Cod.

I miss the drama, the storm,
the pure Immersion in cold and wind
snowflakes on my face.

The silence and softness surround me


In love with capturing God in a blizzard.



Image: “Blizzard”
From Winter: Cape Cod, “Capturing God”
© 2014, Heidi Straube
First Encounter Beach, Eastham, MA, Cape Cod

Photographer’s Note:

I love the softness of this image, the sensuousness of the drifts, the stillness.
It feels like a dream – which it was.

It gives me great pleasure to explore, experience, feel –
To shoot in situations that aren’t traditionally thought of as ideal times.

The dark, the middle of a blizzard, the rain.

Never being sure of the outcome, trusting the Connection is true
This, for me, an essential of being passionate and alive.

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