This project focuses on the importance of convenience stores in daily life and the local imaginary, it was born from an analysis of the temporary experience during the winter season in the city of Cologne, Germany and through photography captures the relationship of its inhabitants with the Kiosks, also called Späti, which is a friendly term for grocery store. In times where there are very few hours of light and low temperatures significantly reduce pedestrian flow, regular shops close in the early hours, after which these sites become protagonists of the night, their colorful neon lighting spreads through the dark and cold streets, becoming a meeting point for people and enriching nighttime social dynamics.
Most of them have long shopping hours and among regular items like junk food and tobacco, they sell the local Beers, which is a very important element in the country culture that varies from one region to another, this also reflects on the Kiosks appearance which are very likely to have the colors or branding of the beer in their facades. In its 2020 version, Späti is reconsidered during confinement, taking into account the vital role that convenience stores have played for society, guaranteeing the availability of food and reducing the need to travel long distances, putting life at risk and In most cases, maintaining the prices of the products, some scenes were reconstructed based on the social measures taken by the German government due to the pandemic, to evoke the sudden rhythm of life in which we are immersed and to evoke the so called new normality.
Technical Info: 12 photographs, different sizes.