The Inner Path of Photography

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

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FotoFest 2010 Notes – MFAH: Richard Misrach

I forgot!

As part of the MFAH show, there is an image from Richard Misrach’s series, “On the Beach” (Untitled #1170-04.)

It’s a very large image, a swimmer floating in the middle of a vast Pacific Ocean (shot from a high hotel room in Hawaii).

The image felt expansive, wonderful, uplifting to me…so therefore  I was surprised to read the curator’s notes, which perceived the image as reflecting our feelings of insecurity and groundlessness after 9/11.

Hmm…not my feeling at all when looking at that image…Why don’t you go see it and tell me how it makes you feel?

After a little research, I did find some interesting background about the images and timing from the Smithsonian.com website…and also read more comments of Misrach about his project.  Now I see, at least, where the Houston curator got their perspective.

However, I do want to note that Misrach himself, as well as saying that the work was about how people can endure many things, and still then go and find happiness and relaxation,  said that the work, “…is much more about our relationship to the bigger sublime picture of things.”

Whew, that makes me happy. Each of the images seen here continue to make me long for the water, the beauty, the vastness of the ocean.

What about you?

Impromptu signature images…Part 2 (Beach, Martha’s Vineyard, MA)

Then I was in Martha’s Vineyard last summer, sitting on the beach, and wanting to capture the exquisite beauty I was seeing and feeling as I basked in the sun, heard the sound of the waves, and felt the joy of being at the beach and living the life I was living.

How could I share this visually with my friends?

Here was the next “Heidi’s feet self-portrait”…

"Dreaming at the beach"

I like this one a lot…every time I look at it I can feel the warmth of the sand, and the desire to be there right now (well, not right now, it’s still snowing there…this summer again?:)

Back to the  theme of impromptu signature images, however…

Since I love the beach, I started using this image for fun profile pictures, like Facebook etc…and it has hung in there for a long time. Once again, it reminds me of my playfulness and the fun times in my life…and how photographing doesn’t always have to be this big serious experience in order to give you pleasure.

I hadn’t really realized that it had become a signature image, however, until one of my fellow photographer friends one day sent me a picture of his feet where he was in Ecuador…and then the fun began.

What a great way to take travel pictures…personal self-portraits of our experience everywhere we go! (And much easier than trying to balance those Peeps marshmallow things for the fun National Geographic Easter photo competition last year.)

Patience…As the new year unfolds

“Be quiet now and wait.
It may be that the ocean one,
the one we desire so to move into and become
desires us out here on land a little longer,
going our sundry roads to the shore.”
– Rumi

“Christmas Morning, Hammonasset”

When a new year starts,
our tendency is to feel that we should

“get back to business”
“get serious”
“do all the things that we put off during the holidays”

We become impatient with ourselves
feeling we’re not accomplishing things fast enough
Already not achieving goals as the new year speeds away

Perhaps there are things in our lives that need attention
that we would do well to bring back into our consciousness and address

But when you were talking about your new year’s resolutions
did you vow to listen to your inner voice?

Did you reflect on what it would look like to honor yourself,
to act on your desire to be that person you know you truly are?

Breathe deeply. Try not to rush.
The new year is but a date on a calendar.
Your life is a constant flow…

Do not stand on the bank.
Jump in the river with me.
As you begin the year of 2010, be patient with yourself.
In your life, in your work, in your art

Be silent now.
Say fewer and fewer praise poems.
Let yourself become living poetry.

– Heidi
(Non-italicized lines from Rumi poems)
“Pieces of a Broken Cup,” “Soul Houses”

Warm Wishes from Heidi…

“I wish I could show you when you are lonely or in darkness
the astonishing light of your own being.”
~ Hafi


Warmest wishes to you in this season of hope and love…

Life is full of changes…In fact, Life IS change.

May you look back on the past year
and find the beauty that was constant.

May  you pause today, now
and breathe in the goodness of the present moment

And may you step into the New Year
with great anticipation of the magic to come.

My deepest heartfelt wishes that your life’s changes
may contribute to amazing inner and outer riches
expand your possibilities
and deepen and uplift your soul.

– Heidi

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