A photo essay and art exhibit called “Faces of Patchogue” by local photographer and GreaterPatchogue contributor Benny Migliorino is now on display at Roast Coffee & Tea Trading Co. at 41 East Main Street.

The exhibit consists of 10 environmental portraits of men and women who all live or work in the Patchogue area.

The collection consists of elected leaders, entrepreneurs, business owners and business leaders, as well as one local chef, Terri Novak of RHUM.

“This is something I’ve been working on the for several years, though I had no date or place in mind,” said Migliorino. “When Roast first opened I had an exhibit there so I had thought about Roast, and then [manager] Tiffany Rivera mentioned she had this open wall for me.”

The images are all printed on 16×20 durable, water-resistant birch wood, and are hung on the northwest wall of the coffee shop, where people line up for drinks.

Rivera (who is also in the exhibit) said she jumped at the chance to display such an exhibit, as many of the faces on the wall she recognizes as customers.

“I always think of Roast as a community center,” she said. ‘When he approached me with the idea, I thought it was perfect for the shop. It’s a way for him to show what the community looks like through his lens. His work is beautiful and I didn’t hesitate at all saying yes.”

“In the few days since it’s been up, we’ve been getting so many compliments on his work,” she continued. “Everyone loves it and they love seeing faces up there that they recognize.”

Migliorino said his goal all along has been to showcase the businesses in the village during this prosperous moment in time in Patchogue.

None of the images are listed as being for sale, though any sales inquiries can be sent to bmigs@bennymigsphoto.com. Or call Migliorino at 631-831-8858.

Visit Benny Migs Photo to see more of his work.

Want to learn more about environmental portraits? Watch the video below.