The Inner Path of Photography

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

Category: Quotes

This is a Wonderful Day…

This is a wonderful day.
I’ve never seen this one before.
– Maya Angelou

How do we keep the freshness of our spirits and love of life when it sometimes seems we’re caught in the sameness of every day?

How do we stay in wonder?

For me, my photography practice and every day walks are my window into the mystery and beauty of life these days – no matter what is happening in my outer or inner world.

Some days I bounce out the door, looking forward to the beauty I know I’ll see. Other days I go only because I know that I’ll feel better by the time I return to the house – but still grouchily thinking that I’m tired of seeing the same old thing.

Each time, however, I’m entranced by something new. I have to laugh at myself thinking the walk would be boring. Or there’s nothing new to shoot, I’ve taken that picture before. Or, in the darkest of days: Who cares.

I care. I care about the essence of life, love, and beauty.

I care about the wind on my face, the sun that warms me, and even – sometimes when I’ve felt so trapped and alone “staying safe,” – I care about the gray rainy day that I insist on walking out in, even if for a brief fifteen minutes.

Today I walked in the glorious sunshine, the same daily walk I take along my road bordering the Hudson River. Not expecting something new, just happy to be out and breathing clear, fresh air.

I brought my camera, as usual, ready for inspiration, but not requiring myself to shoot. Listening to an interview with Brother David Steindl-Rast, a favorite monk, sharing his wise and warm perspectives on gratitude, spirituality, and the essence of life, I felt my body gradually getting into the rhythm of walking, breathing, relaxing, being.

I took pleasure in the sound of his voice and uplifting thoughts as I looked and felt my surroundings, appreciating the budding forsythia, the tiny flowering fruit trees my neighbors have planted, a handsome house that is newly built.

I started to notice – absorb – resonate with my joy of being here and now; grateful for the beautiful things that continue to happen in my life.
(I call them “small miracles everywhere.”)

I walked and waved to the few cars that passed; the drivers waved back. I waved to a couple having a video chat on their porch; smiling, they waved back.

I waved to a cat sitting on the steps of a house I’d love to live in – and no, the cat did not smile or wave back. Instead, he ran next door to his own home; startled and probably wondering who this crazy woman was, walking, walking, waving to all.

But I’m fine, Mr. Cat. I practice living in the moment, allowing pleasure.
I recognize Grace.

I photographed new things I hadn’t noticed before. I made some images I’ve shot previously but this time from a different perspective, in a different light, with a new eye. I captured new stories to tell, experiences to share.

I forgot about anything I’d been worried about, and settled into the “now,” the wonder of being.

The sun was setting and all became quiet. A red fox suddenly appeared from the marsh and dashed across the road in front of me. He ran through a yard, and into the woods in a flash.

A small white dog perked up and made a beeline towards the trees. He stopped. He sat. He waited.

After a time, the dog lost interest and trotted back to his house. The night bird sounds began.

The fox came out of the woods, crossed back over the road and vanished into the reeds.

This is a wonderful day.
I’ve never seen this one before.

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Image: “Tree Spirits on the Hudson (Apples)
©Heidi Straube 2020

Download the pdf of “This is a Wonderful Day”

Thank you, Maya Angelou.
Love.

“Begin Again”

Dramatic white and cream clouds rise in a dark blue sky, inspiring expansion and soulful feelings.



“Begin Again” is one of my favorite meditation phrases,
taken from the Buddhist practice.

It reminds us that each new year, each day, each moment
we are always free…

to recommit to what is most important to us
look to the future with positive anticipation
relax, allow for imperfection, and act again.

Breathe Deeply….

May you feel the grandeur of your Soul
now…and now…and now.

Begin Again.

Image: “The Grandeur of Your Soul”
© Heidi Straube 2019

Featured Photo Collections:
(my new website)

Clouds, Beaches, Sea
New Mexico Collection 
Cape Cod Winte

Photography Mentoring and Life Coaching

Photo Poems

About Heidi

“Classes…Intro to Inner Path”

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“Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling.

If you can’t feel what you’re looking at,
then you’re never going to get others
to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”

                    – Don McCullin

 

My work in transformational counseling and the Inner Path of Photography is born from an ever-present desire to honor the spirit within. It gives me great pleasure to help others to discover what is deep inside; to honor, love, and nourish it, and then express one’s unique, amazing soul in photography and life.

When we love a photograph, either as an admirer or its creator, we allow ourselves to feel. Without words, without explanation, we can resonate with an essence that is too often missed in our day to day living. The jolt of recognition, the intrigue of a new awareness, an invitation to explore more, or purely a silent, sacred connection to our hearts: all call to us…and we are seduced. We find ourselves returning to shoot again and again, or to look once more and and be touched by an image that has been shared.

In this spirit of seduction, I’m pleased to share with you two photography classes I’ll be teaching this month at the Cultural Center of Cape Cod, in South Yarmouth, Massachusetts.

If you’re in the area, I invite you to explore with me. For those currently living in other worlds, I look forward to meeting with you another time.

May you rise each day and look in wonder, and feel the mysteries and joys of life.

Welcome to My World: Self Expression Through Photography For Teenagers

Introduction to the Inner Path of Photography

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If you’re a teenager, “Welcome to My World” is an opportunity for you to honor your passion for photography, and see how it can be used to communicate what’s most important to you and about you. We’ll explore areas that will help in your expression such as:

* how to shoot what you feel and create stronger images;
* what can be learned from the photographs of other artists;
* how to present your work so it says what you truly want to “say”
* images and writing: an expanded expression
* interviewing others and shooting portraits

You’ll guide your own process through this class, making your own decision about what and how you create. By the end of class, you’ll have created a “short story” of photographs that celebrate you and your world. You are the photographer. This is YOUR world!

For more information and registration, click here. 
The four day class (during winter break) runs Tuesday, February 20 to Friday, February 23, 1:00 – 3:00 PM.

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For adults, the unique “Introduction to the Inner Path of Photography” will take you on an exploration of your own personal experience of creating and photographing.

What is it about photography that seduces us, engaging the deepest parts of our being? There is an inner process….deeply felt, rarely discussed…that deepens our lives, feeds our souls, and sends us out to shoot again and again. Through sharing photographs, discovering why we are drawn to the art, learning about resonance, contemplative practices, and the work of others such as Minor White and Mark Rothko, we’ll learn to enjoy the mystery of shooting and create photographs and lives that reflect who we are.

For more information and registration, click here.
The three-session class meets weekly starting Thursday, February 22, 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

Image: “Thanksgiving”
Boat Meadow Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
© Heidi Straube 2018

 

“Advice from Magnum Photographers”

“Get a good pair of walking shoes and…
 fall in love.”

—Abbas

 

Inspiration for you…
whether a photographer, artist, or lover of life and beauty.

Download and enjoy!

Advice from Magnum Photographers PDF

Profile of Abbas, Photographer, with Images, Books

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