N I G H T S H I F T
This is the first 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.
Above you see Juri, who started with just two cookingplates he used to prepare meatballs – they are delicious!