For photographer Debra Fisher Goldstein, her project "Beyond the Stick" is a photo essay that "focuses on the peculiar, the poignant, the ironic and the iconic moments that happen when our diverse communities gather at the Great Minnesota Get-Together." It is an annual scavenger hunt, begun in 2006, for the moments that happen beyond the latest food on a stick. She then pairs the images with her own titles.
The Minnesota State Fair Foundation featured Fisher Goldstein's photography at the 2015 fair in a 55-image gallery exhibit at the Bailey House on the fairgrounds. Her work was also a part of the foundation's "First Glance" Fine Arts Exhibit fundraising event.
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Fisher Goldstein said her interest in photography grew out of her love for the State Fair. "As an early photographer, I was horribly dissatisfied when my first photos came back from the lab. They didn't capture what I saw and what I felt."
She started by trying to capture the visual similarity between some of the 4-H kids and their companion cows. That began her study of photography and grew into this personal project, which she calls a gift — "my gift to myself, and to our community, because I believe that the shortest distance between two people is a shared moment."