The Inner Path of Photography

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

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Are You Feeding Your Inspiration?

“Self-Portrait: Artist at Play“, Heidi Straube, © 2011


“It’s marvelous, marvelous! Nothing will ever be as much fun.
I’m going to photograph everything, everything!”

(Jacques-Henri Lartigue –  after taking his first photograph, age six)

 

Yesterday I participated in a street painting workshop.
It was wonderful.

Three hours on a Saturday morning on a beautiful day in Houston. Eighty degrees, clear blue skies, coffee and kolaches.  Laughing and creating with my friend, enjoying being in the space of other people who were creating too, learning something new.

Later in the afternoon, I showed a picture of my “painting” to another friend.
He laughed, saying “It looks just like a kid’s picture!”

And I laughed too.  “I know, isn’t it great?”

I felt like a kid. I had had no idea what I was doing, enjoyed the process, didn’t judge the outcome…and it was totally freeing.

If you are doing the same thing every day (whether in your creative work or your life) and wondering what happened to your inspiration, try something new. Change up the routine, even if it’s going to a different place for coffee before work, listening to a new radio station on the internet, or wearing a color you don’t usually wear.

If you are feeling blocked, in the dead zone, without creative ideas or enthusiasm for life, claim and deepen your inner silence. Then also look to outside sources to nourish your soul.

We often live our lives in the same way, with the same people, and no new perspectives, support, or learning. And then we expect “inspiration” to come when we call.

Perhaps inspiration is right not to show up on command. If you were ignored, fed little, and expected to be there no matter what, would you keep on showing up?

There are many ways to feed your inspiration, and actually, what nurtures you may be totally different from someone else.

This week I realized that I needed a new inspiration “shot,” and it wasn’t going to come from my usual friends and colleagues sources. It was time to call on my outer spirit guides!

Curiosity, hunger for learning, and comradeship with kindred spirits are some of the things that feed my inspiration. So I (among other things):

* Watched a fantastic DVD, “Inspirations” by Michael Apted – Interviews with creative people talking about their creative process, work, and lives

* Looked at and read “Seasons of Light” by photographer Peter Brown, a wonderful book of images and writing

* Went to a talk at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston about Istanbul in the 16th century, learning more about Islamic art and how the miniatures reflected the culture, remembering the special time I had in Istanbul last spring, and meeting some new like-minded travelers and art lovers.

* Discovered a new photography show at the MFAH I had been unaware of, images from Heinrich Kuhn, filled with my favorite kind of photography.

* Dropped by to see some friends renovating a building, appreciating their vision and skills in creating beauty and function in a physical architectural form.

Swimming, a great cafe, and people I love enhanced the experience.

What nurtures your inspiration? What have you been neglecting?

Be good to yourself and let other sources feed you. Whether they’re new sources or old sources, make sure they are deliberate sources that you know make you alive.

Walk away from the usual, if even for an hour.

Feed and nurture your inspiration.


(“Heidi, first street painting,” Cameron Payne, © 2011)

Street Painting Workshop, taught by Cecilia Linayao Bio, sponsored by Via Colori, funded by Center for Speech and Hearing, Houston.

 

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

 

“No Lesson”

Blue beach house, Galveston, TX, February 2011

“Now let silence speak.
As that begins, we will start out.”

– Rumi


I really like this image.

Every time I look at it my spirit just stops. And relaxes.

And feels deep pleasure in knowing that there are some moments in time that things are just beautiful, and that is all and everything.

I can’t express the way it felt to come upon this house and see the exact match of house and sky in color. Who could have known the tonality of stormy skies, and found a way to match it on wood? What timing of the universe had me walking by at that moment, as the light made this collaboration possible?

Both God and the architect are masters.

(And the jeweler who placed the necklace of trash cans is also to be commended.)

I sat with this photograph, and thought and thought about what article or lesson I could write for my weekly “Life Reflections.” And kept coming up with nothing.

Because I just like looking at it…feeling the quiet joy of of making the image, the perfect day I had…and that is enough.

This is the inner path of photography.

No lesson needed.

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).

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