The Inner Path of Photography

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

Tag: creative process

“Creating Photographs from Within”  An Artist’s Talk

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“What is it about photography that seduces us,
engaging the deepest parts of our being?

There is an inner process, mysterious, quietly felt, rarely discussed…
that feeds our souls, uplifts our lives, and inspires us to create
​​​​​​​images of transformation and beauty.”

 

Please join me

Thursday, April 5, 2018
5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

for my talk

“Creating Photographs from Within”

Eastham Public Library
190 Samoset Road, Eastham, Massachusetts

 

“Heidi Straube, M.Ed, LPC, of Inner Path Photography will share her process, images, and deepest sources of inspiration in an ongoing love affair with photography…and  life.” 

This is the third of a five-part series, “How Creators Create” hosted by the Eastham Public Library, Thursdays from March 22 – April 19, 2018. Sponsored by The Friends of the Eastham Public Library.

Admission is free.

More information:
Eastham Public Library
www.easthamlibrary.org
508-240-5950

Heidi Straube
www.straubephoto.com
713-521-1676

Image: “Alive”
First Encounter Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
© 2018 Heidi Straube

Are You Feeding Your Inspiration?

“Self-Portrait: Artist at Play“, Heidi Straube, © 2011


“It’s marvelous, marvelous! Nothing will ever be as much fun.
I’m going to photograph everything, everything!”

(Jacques-Henri Lartigue –  after taking his first photograph, age six)

 

Yesterday I participated in a street painting workshop.
It was wonderful.

Three hours on a Saturday morning on a beautiful day in Houston. Eighty degrees, clear blue skies, coffee and kolaches.  Laughing and creating with my friend, enjoying being in the space of other people who were creating too, learning something new.

Later in the afternoon, I showed a picture of my “painting” to another friend.
He laughed, saying “It looks just like a kid’s picture!”

And I laughed too.  “I know, isn’t it great?”

I felt like a kid. I had had no idea what I was doing, enjoyed the process, didn’t judge the outcome…and it was totally freeing.

If you are doing the same thing every day (whether in your creative work or your life) and wondering what happened to your inspiration, try something new. Change up the routine, even if it’s going to a different place for coffee before work, listening to a new radio station on the internet, or wearing a color you don’t usually wear.

If you are feeling blocked, in the dead zone, without creative ideas or enthusiasm for life, claim and deepen your inner silence. Then also look to outside sources to nourish your soul.

We often live our lives in the same way, with the same people, and no new perspectives, support, or learning. And then we expect “inspiration” to come when we call.

Perhaps inspiration is right not to show up on command. If you were ignored, fed little, and expected to be there no matter what, would you keep on showing up?

There are many ways to feed your inspiration, and actually, what nurtures you may be totally different from someone else.

This week I realized that I needed a new inspiration “shot,” and it wasn’t going to come from my usual friends and colleagues sources. It was time to call on my outer spirit guides!

Curiosity, hunger for learning, and comradeship with kindred spirits are some of the things that feed my inspiration. So I (among other things):

* Watched a fantastic DVD, “Inspirations” by Michael Apted – Interviews with creative people talking about their creative process, work, and lives

* Looked at and read “Seasons of Light” by photographer Peter Brown, a wonderful book of images and writing

* Went to a talk at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston about Istanbul in the 16th century, learning more about Islamic art and how the miniatures reflected the culture, remembering the special time I had in Istanbul last spring, and meeting some new like-minded travelers and art lovers.

* Discovered a new photography show at the MFAH I had been unaware of, images from Heinrich Kuhn, filled with my favorite kind of photography.

* Dropped by to see some friends renovating a building, appreciating their vision and skills in creating beauty and function in a physical architectural form.

Swimming, a great cafe, and people I love enhanced the experience.

What nurtures your inspiration? What have you been neglecting?

Be good to yourself and let other sources feed you. Whether they’re new sources or old sources, make sure they are deliberate sources that you know make you alive.

Walk away from the usual, if even for an hour.

Feed and nurture your inspiration.


(“Heidi, first street painting,” Cameron Payne, © 2011)

Street Painting Workshop, taught by Cecilia Linayao Bio, sponsored by Via Colori, funded by Center for Speech and Hearing, Houston.

 

Class, January 22: “Inner Path of Photography – Saturday Seminar”

“Storm, Chania, Kriti, Greece” c. Heidi Straube 2008

“Each artist going in his own direction at some time walks on water.”
– Minor White

What is the inner experience of photography? Deep, spiritual, rarely discussed…it is what seduces us and send us out to shoot again and again. We yearn for the taste of the sacred…and through our cameras discover it, the world, and ourselves.

This class is for those who want to explore more deeply the intuitive, mystical part of their photography practice, work with personal blocks to full creative expression, as well as learn more about themselves and life challenges and choices.

Drawing on the tradition of the photographer Minor White, and using techniques and philosophies from Zen, psychology, and other contemplative and healing practices, we’ll come to understand more fully this silent experience, apply it to our art, and enhance the quality of both our photography and life.

Attention, resonance, the “still point”…choices, perfectionism, the “click,”…openness to experience, making art vs. being in the flow, embracing the creative process: these are some of the tools that we’ll explore as you build your inner photography practice and improve your outer resulting images.

As you more deeply understand and work with your inner artistic process, you’ll also see how life parallels art, and through this increased awareness,  learn how to more easily dance with  your own life challenges and decisions.

Class includes lecture, exposure to diverse photographic expressions & philosophy, meditative and other experiential, outside applications, shooting and sharing of photographs, muse inspiration & personal coaching.

Saturday, January 22, 2011
Houston, Texas (N. Braeswood/Buffalo Speedway area)
Part One, Intro: 9:30 am – 12:30 PM   $40.00
Full Session: Intro + Deepen:  9:30 am – 4:00 PM  $75.00

or e-mail me heidi@straubephoto.com or call 713.521.1676

Heidi Straube, M.Ed., LPC, is a photographer and transformational life counselor. Integrating her experience of twenty years in meditative practices, including Zen and yogic traditions, with twenty years as a career/life direction counselor and contemplative psychotherapist, she has helped people to make life changes and transitions by honoring the deeper, spiritual self. She applies these same principles in her work as a professional photographer and teacher as she honors the spirit within through visual expression.

Heidi has exhibited in the international photography expositions, Recontres International de la Photographie 2001, Aix-en-Provence, France; Houston FotoFest 2000, Houston; Dominican Republic, Houston.

Her unique work and current photo book, “I Dream of Galveston” were recently featured in the Houston Chronicle (see “Press” on Heidi Straube – Inner Path Photography website).

Making Time for Retreat: The “Good Person” Syndrome

“Martha’s Vineyard, Early Evening Windsurfer” copyright 2010 Heidi Straube

I just posted a new article on my Transformational Counseling website, “Making Time for Retreat: The “Good Person” Syndrome.”

Feeling creatively burnt out? Never have time to get to your passion?
See if you have some beliefs that are holding you back.
Find out how “good” you are…and if its time to be “bad” and take a break!

The article is published here…

I actually wrote it  a couple of years ago…but thought it was time to revisit it. With Labor Day weekend coming, we all might need reminding to honor and reward ourselves and others a bit for our labor.

For those who have time off this weekend….for those who are in jobs that require them to work this weekend…and for those who are unemployed, looking for work, and doing the hard job of keeping their faith and spirits up while doing so…I wish you all a time of personal rest, retreat, and nurturing, whether this weekend or soon in the future.  I honor you on this Labor Day.

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