The Inner Path of Photography

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

Tag: Zen

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

The Inner Path of Photography – intensive seminar, starts September 8th

Hi…well, the intro class is over, and now it’s time for the big stuff!

4  Tuesdays in September…nine  hours of learning, exploring, and becoming even more adept at listening to your inner voice, matching it with your outer vision, and creating the images and life that bring you joy and satisfaction.

I’m really enjoying sharing my expertise that integrates my background in photography, psychotherapy, and meditative and healing arts; let me share the magic with you.

SEPTEMBER, 2009

“THE INNER PATH OF PHOTOGRAPHY”
Intensive Seminar

September 8, 15, 22, 29, 2009 (4 Tuesdays), 6:15 pm – 8:30 pm
Houston, TX (Montrose area, location upon registration)
Fee: $150.00

“Each artist going in his own direction at some time walks on water.”

– Minor White, Photographer

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 (homework), shooting and sharing of photographs.

***Click here to register  online ****

OR

Contact Heidi at heidi@straubephoto.com or 713.521.1676


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