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La Boca neighbourhood in Buenos Aires is famous for its photogenic colourful houses especially around the Caminito street. When I took picture of this particular spot I didn’t know that it is probably one of the most photographed corners of Caminito. I have already showed you a picture of a couple passionately dancing Tango in one of the La Boca restaurants. This photo here presents a square where young people meet to play basketball, to skateboard etc. The graffiti exhibits some changes over time however the main text stays the same. This was originally a very poor area where the poor workers working in the port have lived. The houses were very simple and supposedly they were allowed to take home some leftovers of the paints which were used to paint the ships. The leftovers were really minor so that is why their houses were patchworks of colors. At certain point the workers went for a strike and for a moment declared La Boca an independent Republic, which obviously did not last very long. Nowadays Caminito in La Boca attracts crowds of tourists and some artists which try to sell there their works. Areas of La Boca a bit further behind the Caminito do not have a good reputation and tourists are discouraged from going there.

I have used the pseudo-HDR here to emphasize the texture of the wall.

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