The Inner Path of Photography

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

Tag: photography

What does it mean to be a creator, to be a maker in the true sense?

“What does it mean to be a creator, to be a maker in the true sense?

First it means to align oneself: to hold oneself steady in the wind of life, and see where others merely notice or running, pass too fast to even notice.

Next it means to wake up. To be awake means to taste the flavor of things all the way to the pulsebeat and on into the heart of things…then further. “

– Haven O’More

Free Webinar, Lightroom 3, March 3

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Sponsored by X-rite Photo (information here)

 

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.

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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)

 

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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…
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