This photo was taken in September of 2013 at Bear River in Grass Valley California, just minutes from my home. It's one of my go to spots to relax and unwind from a busy week. It's always peaceful when I go there.
I love the way this huge boulder sits in the middle of the river, absolutely unmoving, as the energy of the river flows around it all day every day. It's incredible to me that there's a tiny little plant that's managed to grow on the upstream side of the boulder sustained by the mist from the river and the sediments trapped in the cracks. Nature is amazing!
When I take the time to meditate in the morning before I start my day I feel much like this boulder. I'm grounded and peaceful no matter what is going on around me. My interactions with my children and others are positive and I sail though my day with a sense of appreciation for life. That is what I call "Serenity Amidst the Chaos".
This is a hand held shot (taken without a tripod) with no filters - f/6.3, ISO-200 @ 1.3 sec. I took over 150 shots that day and only a handful of them were sharp enough to be used.
Title: New Life Springs From Chaos
Location:Bear River, Grass Valley, California (2013)
Frame Size: Exterior Frame - 26" x 36"
Frame Materials:Stained pine wood with hinged door and magnetic closure
Frame Hanger:Wall Mounted with 18" metal french cleat
Media: 20" x 30" Aluminum Print
Photographer: Cynthia Soszka
Handmade functional art that does double duty! On the outside this looks like a beautiful piece of art floating in a modern rustic farm house style frame. On the inside, it's hidden storage for anything you'd like. It's shown here with hooks for jewelry*, but it could be used for holding other items like keys, mail, etc. Please email me at info@WhatYouSeekIsWithin.com if you'd like other options.
I created this piece as a solution to one of my most obnoxious problems, a messy bathroom. I prefer to keep my bathroom clean, but the amount of jewelry I have makes it difficult. I've had many jewelry boxes over the years, but none that really satisfied my needs. I love that I don't have to look at the clutter of all my jewelry, it's not taking up space on my counter, and the photograph provides a serene feeling as I get ready every morning.