The Inner Path of Photography

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

Tag: Massachusetts

“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)

 

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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…
***

 

Heidi in Houston – January 2011

“Kitesurfer” c. 2009, Heidi Straube

Hi, just a short note to tell you that I’ll be in Houston
for the month of January…
Teaching, portrait photographing,
counseling, being your favorite muse 🙂
Classes listed below…mark your calendar…
In-person sessions…call or email now for appointments
More details after the New Year

Best Wishes for the New Year to You…

Heidi in Houston, January 2011, Providing:

Find the courage and tangible tools to make the changes you need in career, work, relationships, life direction…

Learn to shoot from your inner, meditative, knowing/feeling spacereceive personal coaching for having your photographs reflect what you truly want them to…remove blocks, and enjoy inspiration and support for your work…

In the tradition of Minor White, photographer, and blending the best of photography, meditation, and psychology, return to the magical, mystical joy that drew you to photography in the first place.

Saturday, January 15
9:30 – 12:30 PM    Part 1,  Intro/Basics
1:30 – 4:30 PM      Part 2,  Deepen Your Experience
Call or email to get on registration list. More details next week…
Take Part 1 only or both parts
Let me capture the spirit of your loved ones…
Call 1.713.521.1676 or
email me: hs@heidistraube.com or heidi@straubephoto.com.
Warm wishes,
Heidi

Life as Science Fiction…

Truro, Massachusetts, September 11, 2010

Sometimes life can seem like a science fiction movie – strange and unfamiliar.

This image was shot during a Joel Meyerowitz weekend workshop, where we were pushed to stretch and work outside of our comfort zones. The location was surreal – an abandoned military base, with all kinds of empty and unusual looking structures.

Given a quick 15 minutes to shoot as the sun went down, this was the last image I grabbed as we were called into class.

I’m surprised to like it.  And I like the fact that I’m surprised, as I look and ask “Who is that person who made this image?” It’s so unlike images I have made before.

Photography gives us an opportunity to be in other worlds – visually, mentally, emotionally. We willingly place ourselves there, and although it can sometimes be uncomfortable, we enjoy the play and challenge of living in the unfamiliar and expressing our experience.

May we learn to do the same thing in life. Sometimes the world is romance; sometimes science fiction. If we find ourselves in the science fiction movie, perhaps we can appreciate its weirdness, its unknown possibilities, and make it a good one.

In the same way that we approach the changing world as creative photographers with curiosity, openness and willingness to be uncomfortable, may we be willing to maintain those qualities in the science fiction times of our lives.

Even when situations and circumstances are not totally in our control, we are still the movie makers.

We work with the tools we are given. We remember love, spirituality, creativity, and other qualities important to us that are the essence and beauty of life.

Romance or science fiction, it’s still our movie.


Being Present…

“Dawn Patrol,” September 11, 2010, Provincetown, Massachusetts

“Photography is about being exquisitely present.”
Joel Meyerowitz

A misshapen rock. Mud flats. A chilly early morning. Not necessarily what you’d think of when making a picture.

But there is that sacred moment in time when all comes together, and the light graces us with the beauty inherent in all.

Perhaps as we are still, patient, and allow the silence within,  the light will also illumine the unseen beauty in our lives.

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