The Inner Path of Photography

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

Category: Shows and Competitions

My Scroll Hanging at Peter T Brown Gallery, Houston, TX


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


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.

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

hstraube_asifinadreamscrollhanging_frontv2_petertbrowngallery_2014-9080Life 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.

(Click here for enlarged detail, purchase information)

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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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“Couples/Duos” Exhibit – PAAM



Love, love, loved the current exhibit, “Couples/Duos” I saw for the first time yesterday at the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM).

A wonderful concept, and so well curated. Photographers with painters, painters with sculptors, painters with painters – Some are friends, some are couples, some have never met.

So inspiring to see the match and contrasts of sensibilities and expression, and the dialogues between them.

So sorry to have missed the events that accompanied this earlier in the year – PAAM has such wonderful programs and community –

Will go back soon…to absorb and be fed by this again and again…and invite a pairing of my own!

Image:Pat de Groot, October Moon Rising, 2004-05; Nanno de Groot, Red Sail, 1963

More work by other artists…

Inner Path Photo-Poems, Heidi Straube


“Bliss Before Bedtime” to be in CCAA Photography Exhibit

Running_girl_photo_Pirate's_Beach_Galveston_sunsetA small girls runs like the wind as the sun sets on a Galveston beach

Image: “Bliss before Bedtime”© 2014 Heidi Straube
From the Beach Play Collection


I’m happy to share the news that my image, “Bliss Before Bedtime” has been chosen to be in the Cape Cod Art Association exhibit, “In the Moment,” March 27 – April 21, 2014. This is a photography-only exhibit, sponsored by the Photography Center of Cape Cod.

A reception will be held this Thursday, March 27, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM at the gallery in Barnstable, MA.

I’ll be at the reception! Please come to share the Spirit with me, have an experience of the image in its elegant, framed incarnation, and enjoy the work of other fine art photographers.

Cape Cod Art Association, 3480 Route 6A (Main Street), Barnstable, MA 02630.
Phone: 508-362-2909

Heidi Straube – Inner Path Photography website 

Making Portraits – Choices



I’m inspired by the comparison portraits above from today’s NPR article, “For Modern Poets,  a “Likeness” Could Evolve”  (based on the current show at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C.)

Same person, different perspectives.

Here’s Langston Hughes as a bellhop (with much soul), and as a professional, business-like writer. These images were both made in the same year.

Marianne Moore is young, romantically lighted. Almost 20 years later we have a different experience of  her life in her clear, I-see-you gaze, posed in front of elephants.

A thought provoking reminder to those of us who take portraits –
How do you “see” (experience/feel/understand) the person?
What do you consciously include in the image?
Are you evoking your preferred expressions, or do you allow the subject’s natural expression to come through?

And if you’re the one looking  –
“Who” are you being encouraged to see?
What qualities are there – and what may be left out?

Interesting in the article: insights re the dynamics of artists and their agents deciding what persona to be presented to the world, more examples of portraits that have changed dramatically  as the person evolves (see Allen Ginsberg), featured poets reading their work…

(Camila Domonoske and Angela Evanciei,  “For Modern Poets,  a “Likeness” Could Evolve,” on the new exhibit, “Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets (see wonderful website) in the National Portrait Gallery,Washington, D.C.)

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