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This is the 4th piece of a series I decided to dedicate to a certain group of people who are characteristic of the Ruhrgebiet (Germany) - I am talking about shopmen who run a so called "Kiosk", "Bude" or "Trinkhalle".
These places are far more than just a newspaper kiosk; it is more a solid root of social life, as the neighbourhood meets there.
Those places do not have a sophisticated interior decoration - none of them. But they are all different. You can feel this difference in the first moment you enter such a place comparing it to the one you have visited before.
The difference makes the person behind the counter - it´s this person´s personaltiy turning this shop in to a very special place; it is actually no wonder as some of those shops have a direct connection to the flat of the shopowner. They have a hard job, opening at 5:00 am and closing sometimes at 1:00 am, running their tough business 7 days a week.



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comments, favs and certainly critiques are more than just welcome!

have a great week,

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edit: I did some changes to the crop - I hope you still like it.
The persons behind the counter have been removed aswell; I think this version is more ballanced.
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:star::star::star::star: Overall
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Vision
:star::star::star::star::star-empty: Originality
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Technique
:star::star::star::star::star-half: Impact

This is a considerable departure from the other images making up a continuing series because the framing of the image eliminates the richer context of the "here" of the place shown. Is this window nestled in a clean or dilapidated structure? In an office building or at the bottom of an apartment complex? In a good or in a bad neighborhood?

This lack of comparative information to the others has a primary effect for me. It makes the image infinitely stronger. The impact of the personality of the store itself is enhanced and the figures are more interesting. The woman shopkeeper is so stern and the man is trying to remain behind, looking busy as if to say: "I work here but I am not part of here. She's in charge." I enjoy this story element even it just comes from my imagination. great images allow others to invent their own responses as much as the image is a controlled message of the artist.

As for the image, those balloons are just terrific in every way and the color tones are wonderful, particularly how the customer's hair joins the roses in the balloons, the stocking legs and the wall. (Maybe the artists could tells us if any color changes were made in post-production - - if so, good choices). But really the component that "makes" the design and color of the image is the three pure white light fixtures. These classic fixture from the early 1960's maintain a perfect modernist form against the confusion of the rest of the place.