The Inner Path of Photography

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

Tag: meditation with photography

“Play”

Girl_playing_on_slide_image

Can Lightness come to play today?

Laughter
Unguarded pleasure
Delight, contentment, bliss

The feeling of body and mind totally immersed
in the pure joy of being.

Please stop. Right now.

Take a  deep breath, and hold it.
Then let it out, feeling your energy flow from the top of your head to the tips of your toes

Relax your shoulders
Soften your heart

(Your heart is there, you know. Just waiting.)

Think of a time when you were happy, playful
Free from the heavy cares that you’ve shouldered so well

Remember from your childhood, last month, today  – no matter!
See the scene, and feel it.
Let your body and mind enjoy.

Can you do it? Will you?
Deepen, deepen
aaahhh

Now hold that feeling
Smile.

And walk into your world.

Play!

(Would you like me to guide you through this meditation?
Click here for my voice and a downloadable spoken version)

Class March 26 – Inner Path of Photography – Saturday Seminar #2

“Are we to forget the sublime,
because it has morphed into some sort of cliché?

It still exists.

(Brice Marden)

 

The Inner Path of Photography – Saturday Seminar #2
“Shooting from the Inner Path”
“Inner blocks/Outer distractions”

Welcome to Seminar #2 of the “Inner Path of Photography – Saturday Seminar” series!
This month, we’ll spend the morning working with Inner Path Photography techniques.
Then we’ll use Inner Path techniques in the  afternoon to explore the special topic,
“Inner Blocks/Outer Distractions – What is Keeping You Back?”

This class is for those who want to explore more deeply the intuitive, mystical part of their photography practice, and by shooting from inner awareness, create a personal vision and expression unique to them.

(Complete description below)

Morning: “Shooting from the Inner Path”
(9:30 am – 12:30 pm)

* What is the Inner Path of Photography? Concepts and practice
* Creating/defining your personal vision from your unique Inner Path
* Aligning your shooting and resulting images with your personal vision
* Photo reviews, from Inner Path perspectives
(You will bring some photos, you’ll also shoot as part of class)

Afternoon:  “Inner Blocks/Outer Distractions”
(1:00 pm – 4:00 pm)

* What is keeping you from moving forward in your photography?
* Common blocks and distractions
* Understanding the creative process
* Applying Inner Path techniques

Saturday, March 26, 2011
Houston, Texas (Montrose area)
Part One: Shooting from the Inner Path: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm   $40.00
Part Two: Inner Blocks/Outer Distractions: 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm  $40.00
Full Session: Morning + Special Topics: $75.00

NOTE: All of my Inner Path of Photography classes are customized to the participants of that day.
If you have attended a seminar before, your learning will be deepened and expanded and will advance the work you have done since then.

CONTACT ME AT HEIDI@STRAUBEPHOTO.COM OR 713.521.1676 TO REGISTER.

Description: “The Inner Path of Photography Seminar Series”

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 seminar series is for those want to go deeper into themselves and their photographic process, and reconnecting with the intuitive, mystical elements of photography, create images that truly resonate and reflect the personal vision.

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, formlessness, 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.

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“Fog Walk”
copyright 2011 Heidi Straube

See previous article: “Life Reflections from Photography: ‘No Lesson'”
See more images: Heidi Straube – Inner Path Photography
Classes, Reflections, Inspiration: Inner Path Photography Blog

Heidi Straube, M.Ed., LPC
“Honoring Inner. Creating Outer”
You are the Artist of Your Life.
P.O. Box 981045,  Houston, TX 77098
713.521.1676

 

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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