Photographer's Note

The historical center of Santo Domingo is the Independence Park, located just outside the old Colonial Zone. Independence Park was rebuilt in the Seventies and a big mausoleum was raised, in which were placed the remains of Juan Pablo Duarte, Matías Ramón Mella and Francisco del Rosario Sánchez, the Fathers of our independency.

Independence Park is a favorite place to gather with old friends and rest a little from the tropical heat. Among the activities in the park, we can enjoy many expositions, sometimes paintings, sometimes drawings, and many times photographic events. Authorities cling dozens of pieces in the Park's perimeter, transforming the fences in a free museum to the people.

Two weeks ago we are seeing this photographic exposition by a local photographer. And while admiring his work, I found two unusual guards protecting the pictures: Street dogs!

Altough historical and beautiful, Colonial Zone is also the homeplace for dozens of street dogs and beggars who survive from charity. But this two particular dogs appeared to be confortable, guarding the art pieces in the wall.

I guess they are way more effective than human guards. :)

Technical: I used ISO 1600. Used NeatImage to reduce noise. Used Smart Sharpering. Sepia toned. Framed.

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