A story about the little things that help you to go through undesired experiences, the little things that make life beautiful!
Every summer for more than 6 years I used to work in a chainsaw factory to make money in order to pay for my not exactly inexpensive schooling. Not only was the job monotonous and boring it really got my spirit low – that feeling of being slightly depressed, of not having sparkles brighten one’s days, of feeling boxed in.
However, even though we sometimes think there is nothing exciting doesn’t mean it’s non-existent. On my way to the chainsaw factory I had to drive several miles a long the Neckar river. Although chronically late, the stillness and gentle beauty of this river poked through my morning haze. At 6am, just before the sun is about to rise, the river exudes magnificent peace. The rivers surface is serenely calm and mirror-like. The sounds of all the machinery is yet to arise, so the sound of the nearby forest with its birds and crawlers is in the forefront. I am still going about 100 kilometers per hour, half asleep. But somehow the magic of the river penetrates me and gives me the strength to go through another draining day of assembly line numbness. Thanks Neckar river!!!
Now; 3 years later I have come back to pay tribute to the Neckars encouraging presence. I shot the spot with an expired Velvia 50 ASA and crossed it – the results equally bizarre, beautiful and encouraging like the Neckar himself.