Fair People Packed into Place (New York State Fair 2015)


I like crowds. The Dairy Product building at the New York State Fair the other day was convivial, packed wall to wall, but in constant motion. Sort of like the miracle in the Temple described by the rabbis, which filled to capacity but whose walls stretched so there was enough room for the entire assembly to bow down. It’s quite amazing how people navigate. Using the zoom on the digital camera, the picture frame is filled up completely with human forms in a bright indirect sunlight. There is very little space between the figures. Close up with strangers enjoying delicious cold dairy products, the scene was intimate and anonymous at once. The sensory overload was cool on a hot summer day.

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Zachary Braiterman is Professor of Religion in the Department of Religion at Syracuse University. His specialization is modern Jewish thought and philosophical aesthetics. http://religion.syr.edu
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