Nature (New Jersey Turnpike)

(photographs by JB)

It may not be my favorite place in the world, but it is one of them. The New Jersey Turnpike does not ordinarily lend itself to nature photography or to conventional notions of beauty.  I like the alternative perspective in these photographs. The “nature” is no longer natural. The spindly branches of the trees in winter help create that effect. What’s left of nature is spectral, which you only really see when you look sideways outside from inside the cabin of your super-speeding car. This too is a “line of flight” or passage.

About zjb

Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics.
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