I shot this at the Italian Market in south Philly over the weekend. I really love the diverse, historic, organic, chaotic, “real people” vibe of this marketplace. In a lot of ways, it reminds me of the Maxwell Street Market back home in Chicago, only more intimate.
The scales, which represent balance and harmony, offer an interesting juxtaposition to the overall scene. Interestingly enough, they were all at zero, just waiting to be filled up…with fresh fruits, vegetables, seafood, etc. People were milling around, shopping, interacting, acquiring all of the things that are good for the body, all of the things that give us the physical energy and fuel to get through these bleak (?) winter days.
So, as I was editing this photo, I thought that it was an apt metaphor for the human condition. Sometimes in life, we get to zero, and we need to be filled up with something. As the saying goes, nature abhors a vacuum. The trick then, is to then fill ourselves up spiritually as well as physically. I’m not trying to get metaphysical or mystical in this post, but I think that we should give a lot of thought to these questions, especially given the uncertain times in which we live.
As for the Italian Market, I’m really looking forward to returning to take more photographs, particularly as the winter months give way to spring and summer.
Peace and blessings,