Hi everyone,

My name is Zoltan. I’m a passionate portrait and travel photographer. I do a lot of dog portraits, I love photographing dogs, but when I travel I photograph the landscape and the everyday life of the people. I don’t even take my portrait lenses with me, because you know, you have to save as much room as you can. I usually just take my camera and my 18-35 mm lens.

Recently, we traveled to Sal, Cape Verde with my fiancee Agnes. When we arrived, we were a bit shocked to see the huge number of stray dogs were in Cape Verde. I just knew that I had to photograph them and I thought I made a mistake not to bring my portrait lenses with me, but the funny thing is that in the end, I was happy that I could only use my wide angle lens. I had to get close to them and we had to have a connection and I loved that.

So the images are more like environmental portraits and show you more about how the dogs live. All the dogs were so friendly and so calm. Some of them were very playful, some of them were a little sad. Some of them even had collars on, so I assumed they had owners, but they were still hanging around with the others on the streets or on the beach.

I think locals see them as part of everyday life, they even feed them sometimes and they also get fed by the tourists.

There was one special dog, who stole our heart. We met him on the first day of our holiday and he basically stayed with us for the whole time. He waited for us every morning in front of our accommodation and we spent every day together. We loved him so much we decided to rescue him and we named him Beau. We took him to the vet in Santa Maria and they were so friendly and helpful, we got him microchipped and he got the rabies vaccine.

Well, it’s a long process, but he is with a foster carer and at least we know he is safe. We really miss him and counting down the days till we will bring him home to the UK.

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Fun In The Sand

Fun In The Sand

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glowworm2 7 months ago

This dog looks so happy!

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#2

You Have A New Customer

You Have A New Customer

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Marc 7 months ago

"Give me all you food human!"

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Beau In The Sunrise

Beau In The Sunrise

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Klaudiia Sherbatzky 7 months ago

I'm so glad that we have no stray dogs here in Austria. Because then I would have a whole house full of dogs and no more money to pay my bills. but when i think about it, I would rather have 100 dogs than a house without dogs but with money..

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#4

Guarding The Pier

Guarding The Pier

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Marc 7 months ago

Again, a very beautiful dog. I love the look on his face. So proud, so much dignity in it.

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A Group Meeting

A Group Meeting

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Marc 7 months ago

"Friends will be friends!" - Are those all strays? I was wondering, as they're wearing dog collars.

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People Don't Bother Him

People Don't Bother Him

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Marc 7 months ago

"What do I care for the world and it's problems! Leave me alone in the sun. I am busy sleeping!" - Beautiful dog!

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Open Air Gym At Santa Maria Beach

Open Air Gym At Santa Maria Beach

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Marc 7 months ago

Great colors on that lovely dog. Looks like an old birch. And such a beautiful face.

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The Morning Sunshine On The Streets

The Morning Sunshine On The Streets

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starhunter64 7 months ago

mmmmm ah yes purfect

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Relaxing In The Shade

Relaxing In The Shade

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Marc 7 months ago

"Leave me alone! I came here to do nothing! All day long."

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Chill

Chill

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Marc 7 months ago

Lovely. He knows how to enjoy life and doesn't care for nothing!

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Pedra Lume

Pedra Lume

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Marc 7 months ago

Look at this old fella... Beautiful, yet sad to see.

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Santa Maria Pier

Santa Maria Pier

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diane a 7 months ago (edited)

Googled this - a number of these dogs, particularly with collars are actually owned and loved, but are traditionally allowed to roam at will - they come home for food and in bad weather. The authorities in the past have been poisoning them with strychnine - including people's pets.

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In The Shadow Of The Wheelbarrows

In The Shadow Of The Wheelbarrows

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Marc 7 months ago

Wow, look at that face. He looks a bit lost and afraid. Maybe just something that caught his attention. A flying sausage fish maybe. Another beautiful dog!

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Street Life

Street Life

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HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK 7 months ago

Heartbreaking, i wouldn't be able to walk past and not take him/her with me.

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Close Up

Close Up

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Marc 7 months ago

He/ she seems to be up to something. You can see the thinking in his/ her eyes. Still, beautiful shot.

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Agnes And Beau.

Agnes And Beau.

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Rebecca Sanchez-Perez 7 months ago

LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

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A Good Scratch On The Beach

A Good Scratch On The Beach

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Marc 7 months ago

Been there mate! That itching on the back and you can't reach it.

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On The Corner

On The Corner

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Klaudiia Sherbatzky 7 months ago

I love dogs soooo much

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A Little Boy With His Puppy

A Little Boy With His Puppy

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Marc 7 months ago

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Well, as if there aren't enough dogs there as it seems... Maybe another future stray dog. As lovely as the puppy looks like.

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Palmeira

Palmeira

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Marc 7 months ago

Look at that old face of his. He has been through some sh**... life.

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A Young Guard

A Young Guard

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R.s. Potter 7 months ago

Aw, this poor little puppy looks really thin. Could use a deworming and a few good meals.

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Praia De Igrejinha

Praia De Igrejinha

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HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK 7 months ago

Oh i just want to scoop him up and take him home.

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Santa Maria Beach

Santa Maria Beach

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Marc 7 months ago

Another beautiful dog and a great scenery.

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Colombus Beach

Colombus Beach

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Marc 7 months ago

He looks like that grumpy old guy, sitting on the front porch all day.

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The Streets Of Santa Maria

The Streets Of Santa Maria

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Marc 7 months ago

Another beutiful dog. I love his/ her ears and the look on the face. Seems to be the boss of the pack. The little one on the back is waiting of what he's up to.

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Sharks Bay

Sharks Bay

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Marc 7 months ago

He's watching you. Sneaky!

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The Breakfast

The Breakfast

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HoffLensMetalHedLovesAnimalsUK 7 months ago

Poor baby.

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#28

Espargos

Espargos

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Marc 7 months ago

I once tried the same. It didn't end up too well.

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