“I walked into Round K about a year ago; a peaceful and friendly café in the Lower Manhattan neighborhood of New York. It is the owner’s will to welcome customers as if they’d entered the informal space of someone’s house and I, like most of the people stopping by, immediately felt welcome. However, as you can expect from any metropolis, most of the customers remain anonymous and led by my curiosity, I decided to portray the variety of characters passing by.
There’s a 30 minutes window in the summer evenings, when the sun light comes through the front windows. I find this light to be somehow evocative of a nostalgic past. That light, along with the confined space where I take these photographs, seems to comfort people, soothe them. Ultimately, I am interested in something far deeper and richer than how the subjects look: I want hints of their personality to come through their general presence in a public yet intimate setting”.
Image and text courtesy of Matteo Patocchi from his series ‘People of Round K’.
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