This post is also available in: SpanishHave you really seen the Dominican Republic? From a map we know the country’s regions, their names and locations, and if we’re lucky we travel on the weekends to the island’s glorious beaches or to its scenic mountain tops, but through the cameras of twenty-two photographers a more unique view of our nation and the Caribbean as a whole is waiting. The group of artists a part of the visual communications company, One & One opened their exhibition on Thursday, October 12th at the Gallery in Altos de Chavón. The exhibition “Dos Años de Fotosafaris” is a collection of photographs, curated by Ginna Ozuna and Juan Carlos Vélaz, detailing two years of work by the team trekking through the wilderness and remote villages, capturing bridleways, rainbows, inhabitants, rivers, microclimates, coastlines, and more. Visible is a breathtaking stillness and silence, magnificence that the universe can be so dazzling on a macro and micro scale. From birds eye views of vast landscapes to detailed close ups of humble wildlife, the exhibition displays a variety of scenery and scenarios that would take years to explore on one’s own foot, and that which we might never discover as beautifully portrayed as through the lenses of these talented individuals. Juan Carlos Vélaz says, “We travel thinking about photography as a target, we are aware of what is happening… in the purpose of achieving good material.” It is their intention to document the Caribbean’s beautiful reality and share with others their love and respect for the natural environment and local culture. One of the most compelling attributes of the “Dos Años de Fotosafaris” exhibition may be not just what the subject is, but the reason the photographer has in capturing it. We are allowed to contemplate his or her point of view and expression. With the authentic, rustic, and multicolored images of real life, you haven’t really seen the Dominican Republic and Caribbean so closely until you’ve seen it through the lenses of “Fotosafaris”. It’s the last weekend to visit The Gallery to view the exhibition on display, which comes down on Wednesday, November 1st! Add a stop to Altos de Chavón within the next few days for this eye-opening feature! View more photos of the opening exhibition of “Dos Años de Fotosafaris” on Thursday, October 12th by Mariana Heredia in the gallery below:
About ONE & ONE Is a visual communication company, dedicated to educating people in photography and the environment, directed by visual communicators and photographers, Juan Carlos Vélaz and Ginna Ozuna who have been doing a series of ecotourism trips or “Fotosafaris” with the participation of professional photographers and/or amateurs for the purpose of publicizing the areas of environmental interest of the Dominican Republic. These excursions include ecological talks, the importance of parks or reserves, the appropriate codes of behavior, and history of the places visited. The ONE & ONE Fotosafaris aim to disseminate the natural and cultural values of different regions through excursions of low environmental impact, developed by photographers for photographers or anyone interested in knowing and exploring national parks, natural monuments, protected areas, and scientific reserves. Photographers in this exhibition: Amarilis Cueto, Ardeny Figueroa, Blass Ozuna, Deivy Checo, Erymil Díaz, Fátima Mendoza, Ginna Ozuna, Héctor Pérez, Isabel Páez, Isis Martínez, José Ariel Camilo, Josué Duran, Juan Carlos Vélaz, Kate Saint-Hilaire, Lidia Losada, Miguel Peralta, Thomasine Acosta, Silvani Hernández, Víctor Duran, Vinicio-Hilaire, and William Acosta.