The Inner Path of Photography

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

Category: Competitions

“Blizzard” Chosen for CCAA “All New England” Exhibition

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Save the Date!

Please join me at the reception for
the Cape Cod Art Association’s
special exhibition 
“All New England.”

My image
“Blizzard” –
First Encounter Beach, Cape Cod

has been chosen
to be one of the images celebrated

I promise to tell you fabulous stories of…
the magic of shooting photos in the middle of a blizzard
how I stayed warm (I may even show you a photo)
and why I am back on the Cape, after a year’s break,

for yet another winter’s beauty, expansiveness,
and nights by the fireplace

Perhaps you’ll want to stay?

October 20, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM 

October 17 – November 13, 2016

Cape Cod Art Association
Photography Center of Cape Cod
3480 Main Street
Barnstable, MA  02630

Image: “Blizzard”
First Encounter Beach, Eastham, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
© 2016 Heidi Straube


Winners – Photoplay – “Play”

My Photoplay contest, “Play” has been an interesting and pleasurable experiment.

We have three winners! Congratulations! See their images below, with comments.

Images are also here, on my website where you can see them larger and enjoy the more subtle details – enjoy.

All three winners will receive a 1-hour Inner Path Photography “Personal Session with the Muse.”  They’ll enjoy  either an Inner Path Photography Personal Intensive, a  Walk with the Muse, or a Beachwalk Talk.

Exciting, yes? I’m looking forward to meeting with them!

If you didn’t get to send in an image, I hope it was because you’ve been out there enjoying life and playing like crazy –

Thanks to all – may you remember the essence of play –  here and in your life!


“Playing Host” © Cameron Payne 2012.
A table set for 12, beautifully lit and arranged with silver and flowers, makes the host of this party happy to play. I like the elegance captured, the glow, and the image that one wouldn’t think of right away for “play” that Cameron chose. Yes, surely this is great adult play.

“Pixie” © Stephen Chicoine 2012.
This enthusiastic sprite has “play” written all over her, from her colorful, creative way of dressing to the bug-eyed frog enhancing the vibe. I love the body language, the beautiful line from her right foot up her leg and side to her shoulder, and the wonderful mix of a “tween” girl’s vulnerability, confidence, and joy that has been captured by Steve.

“Hula Hoop” © Erica Lin 2012.
In Erica’s words: “I attend a K-12 school, and every year they hold a hula hoop contest for the elementary age kids. As the yearbook photography editor, I had the opportunity to watch this event through the eyes of my camera. This photo in particular is my favorite; it shows one girl focusing and concentrating on the task at hand while letting loose, having fun, and enjoying her playtime.” As well as enjoying Erica’s experience, I like the way she has framed the image, focusing on face, torso, hoop, and allowing that to speak to us.

Photoplay #1 – (An adventure & contest)

IN THE SPIRIT OF PLAY(see last post)

Can You come out to play today?
Come play with me in my new Inner Path Photography experience: “Photoplay.”

Find your child-like curiosity, drop your self-judgment, and enjoy the thrill that you get from simply making photographs. And do it this month shooting your feelings and experience of “Play.” Abstract, literal, manipulated, straight – whatever makes you feel playful or communicates your perspective of play – make a photograph.

That’s it! Play!
But wait!  There’s more…

Of course, the experience of connecting with “play,” exploring and expressing your feelings and vision through your photographs will be pleasure enough.

But hey, if you want to play even more, send me one of your “Play” photos, and now we’ve made it a real game. And weren’t many of our games as children sweetened by a prize?



All photos sent to me will be posted on my website until September 15, 2012….for all the world to see and be inspired by, and for you to enjoy being a celebrity.


Eight creative playmates will receive an Inner Path Photography mini-contemplation creation – I’m designing them now – a small meditative inspiration of photography and words.  This prize will affirm the ability you’ve shown to tap into your inner being and honor what you’ve found.


One magical creator will be crowned the “Ultimate Visionista or Visionistus of Play.”

In addition to being able to put this title on one’s resume, and to carry this feeling of royalty in your heart, you, joyful player, will deepen and expand your art and life as you revel in one of the following Inner Path Photography experiences with me (the Muse, of course):

    * Inner Path Photography Personal Intensive Session

    * Walks with the Muse 

    * BeachWalk Talks 

Interested in Playing? Click here for the full posting & more information…

“Muse: A goddess that inspires the creative process.”
(That’s Me.)


My “I Dream of Galveston” images in Austin Gallery Show

This past Friday night, October 7, was the opening reception for The Gathering of Photographers juried show at Flatbed Press/O2 Gallery, a unique art space in Austin, Texas.

Pleased that four of my images from the series, “I Dream of Galveston” were chosen for the show, and looking forward to celebrating with the other photographers and seeing their work, I drove up for the evening from Houston.

What a nice surprise to find that my work had been selected for an “Honorable Mention” award – and playfully nicknamed by the jurors “Mighty Beach Series.”*

* They were fun, but don’t be fooled: they’re serious, and seriously accomplished:

Jurors included Pulitzer Prize winner Skeeter Hagler,  photojournalist Kevin Vandivier,  designer Kelley Toombs, and photographer/ Pulitzer Prize judge Gary Fong. (See summaries here)
A huge thank-you to all of my sponsors and supporters who helped me participate in this show – you know who you are – I appreciate you greatly!

The show will be hanging until November 4th. There’s a great diversity of images, themes, and photographers – Enjoy if you’re in the area –

All images from the show, 20″ x 24″ matted and framed, are also for sale – contact Flatbed Press Gallery or me for details…

(See larger images here – Heidi Straube – Inner Path Photography website)

(More “I Dream of Galveston” images at Heidi Straube – Inner Path Photography)

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