Urban Oasis, Grocery Stores at Night

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French photographer Richard Vantielke is a night visitor of the streets of Paris, hunting for fluorescent-lit grocery stores to add to his ongoing series “Urban Oasis”.

I always enjoyed these grocery stores open late at night, first of all because they often saved the life of a starving photographer, then because they all look more surreal as each other, becoming oasis of light in the darkness of the Parisian night.

This grocery store (above), like no other, is also an art gallery, and this is probably the most difficult photograph I had to achieve on this series. A center divider strip and an unfortunate shrub right on the middle of the frame have forced me to shoot without tripod, holding up my camera at arms length, with a shutter speed of 0.7 seconds … To be short, It was a miracle to get something good with that photograph.




Davide was born and raised in the tiny Piemonte town of Biella, world-famous for its textiles and the hometown of Michaelangelo Pistoletto. A life-long passion for design and innovation led Davide to New York City, where he lives with his family. He created Gessato in 2006, and he's been pioneering new communication tools and techniques ever since.

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