The Inner Path of Photography

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

Tag: Heidi Straube

Life Lessons from Photography: “Waiting”

 

How many of us like to wait?
It’s not usually our favorite thing to do.

Waiting for a lover to call, a job to come through,
to be old enough to drive.

Waiting for the perfect light,the elements of an image to come together.

We’re missing life when waiting becomes a distraction.
What is here before us that is interesting, gives us pleasure,
and can be created?

In Zen terms, there is no waiting. Only now. And now. And now.

Each moment unique, worth paying attention to.

Now is the time to Trust, to recognize your life as a unique experience,
moment by moment.

Surrender to not knowing the outcome.
This may not come easily…
(It’s no coincidence that we call it a spiritual “practice.”)

Waiting for the perfect light on a wave, I feel the air on my skin,
hear the crash of the waves, smell the scent of the sea.
I become aware of how I’m standing, the way I’ve hunched my shoulders as I wait
(I relax them, the better to take in what is here now),
the solid presence of the camera in my hands.
My body becomes my guide.

The waiting becomes being. The being becomes pure sensation.

Life is exquisite.

In a final tease, as if to remind me of more miracles to come,
the clouds part just slightly and the tips of the waves glisten.

I click the shutter.

***

Image: “Waiting, Santorini, Greece”
copyright 2010 Heidi Straube
Heidi Straube – Inner Path Photography

“Loving”

“Ocean Monotone #3 (Martha’s Vineyard)”

It

Is all

Just a love contest

And I never

Lose.

Now you have another good reason

To spend more time

With

Me.

 

(Hafiz)

 

***

A photograph doesn’t have to be showy or literal in order to express depth of emotion.
Stillness, presence, constancy…quiet inner beauty…all are felt and seen.

And so it is with Loving…
***

 

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).

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


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