The Inner Path of Photography

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

Category: Other Artists

“How to Trick the Muse – Sting”


Photo © 2016 Eric Ryan Anderson, New York Times
From the New York Times, ‘A Word: Sting’
“With ‘57th and 9th,’ Sting Changes His Mind About Rock”

An interesting interview with musician Sting – thoughts about how he creates music, his most recent album, “The Last Ship” opera, and reflections on living life to the fullest.

I liked the end of this little story about how he created the songs for “57th and 9th:”

“And then I’d play a trick on myself. I’d lock myself out of my apartment, on the terrace in the cold, and not come in until I’d finished a lyric. I had a cup of coffee and a coat. It was one of those things to put myself out of my comfort zone in order to trick the muse into playing ball with me.”

Always open to new tricks to engage the muse…


“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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HBO – Mapplethorpe Tonight


For those of you who have HBO, this looks like a wonderful documentary!

“Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures”

New York Times review today by James Poniewoziki: “Mapplethorpe: ‘Look at the Pictures’ on HBO gives context to commentary.”

Interesting perspectives and information for all creatives and art lovers.

(Mapplethorpe image © NYTimes 2016)


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