Photographer's Note

I was walking down Winston Churchill Avenue when I saw this couple of kids. Juan and Elizandro are two of "the usual suspects" you can find in almost any corner in Santo Domingo. They clean windshields for a few coins. Most drivers reject the service as an annoyance, and often the kids are mistreated or abused by other grown kids.

Juan and Elizandro are friends. But they have learned the "pleasure" of playing money just too early in their youth. When I spotted them, they where play a local game named "La Raya" (the Line), for which each participant bets some coins that he/she can throw the coin the nearest to the designated line.

I spend about half an hour with them, and in that timeframe Juan "won" about 40 pesos in coins from Elizandro. This was nearly half Elizandro's money but instead of quitting the game he insisted in challenging his opponent. I guess this is how game addiction begins.

I shooted this pic against sunlight and tried to capture only their legs and shadows and the coins reflected in the floor. I grayscaled it trying to make the picture more powerful. Framed. Shared.

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