The Inner Path of Photography

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

Tag: dance

A New Year’s Wish & Song…

“Family Dancing” c. 2008, Heidi Straube


May you dance gracefully

on the tips of the waves
in the flow of the current
the sea of life


As we dive into the unknown of 2011

I wish you


love
nurturing
the bliss of joy
the strength for challenges

memory of you

 

deepest

 

Kabir’s Song


Life Reflections from Photography: “Brothers”

 

“Brothers,” c. 2010, Heidi Straube

“If you press me to say why I loved him,
I can say no more than because he was he, and I was I.”
– Michel de Montaigne

There’s a grace and gentleness to this photograph that gives me a warm feeling every time I see it.

Two brothers…who did the usual “boy” thing of resisting a bit when we started the family photo shoot…then began to enjoy being the center of attention…and by the end of the afternoon, were fully into a beautiful dance of friendship and love that lit up the space.

An elegant connection…giving each other room, then teasing and physically close…claiming their personal portrait time, then inviting the other to play in front of the camera…And throughout always comfortable, trusting, supportive.

These boys are young men now. May they still enjoy their special relationship of brothers, and may the women in their lives enjoy the same beautiful experience that was my gift at this time.

I love teaching Inner Path Photography!

Hey, thanks to all who participated in the “Introduction to the Inner Path of Photography” workshop yesterday…We really covered a lot, didn’t we? Inside and out, spiritually and tangibly.

Good insights, good photographs too…and some nice perspectives to apply to our lives, whether shooting photographs or not.

I remembered how much I love to teach what I believe in and that inspires me…and also how much I learn from participants at the same time.

Loved affirming that we all share similar challenges as photographers:  wanting  perfectionism, finding our own muse, avoiding the “shoulds” of others; recognizing the “shoulds” of our own inner slave driver and allowing ourselves to play!

And beginning the discussion of how to work with those challenges, and get back to the joy we felt when we first discovered our new love affair.

“M”: thanks for the “I want to go to bed with my camera again!” sentiment…It captures so beautifully what we’re all yearning for and love to feel when the that photographic/inner spirit passion connects.

Yesterday was inspiring, supportive, and full of camaraderie. That’s what I love about photographers…most are grooving on the joy of life, and enjoy sharing their discoveries and feeling.

Now I’ll get ready for the September intensive….So many ideas, so little time!

(See “Inner Path classes” tab on this blog; also you can find description here on my transformational life counseling site.)

Impermanence and the photographer’s experience

“Mr. Cunningham often spoke and wrote movingly about the nature of dance and would laugh about its maddening impermanence. “You have to love dancing to stick to it,” he once wrote. “It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.

(Quote from NY Times, Alistair Macaulay, “Merce Cunningham, Dance Visionary, Dies,” July 27, 2009)
(Bolding added by Heidi)

Yes, this is how I feel in the middle of shooting photographs, when all comes together, no mind, no planning, just being…me and the camera and all around me as one…and that is why I feel alive after a photo shoot, whether it be commercial, personal work, or casual family and friends.
Wouldn’t our lives be much better also if we could transfer this experience to each moment of our day…

Those who practice Buddhism are already aware of this approach to life…but one doesn’t have to be a Buddhist in order to live in this manner. The act of taking photographs is a spiritual practice in itself, as one connects with inner resonance and truth, and expresses it in the outer finished photograph.

The essence of shooting is an immersion in the joy of impermanence….where nothing else matters but now…and now…and now…timelessness and total feeling alive at the same moment.

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