Week Off

It was a fortune so to speak that just five minutes before calling for my cab and at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 54th Street, Sunset Park, Brooklyn. I suffered a severe Seizure, that my wife described as I was scrap-up from the side walk at 2:35 pm on September 15th by the Ambulance workers, whom I fought to get out because in my shirt pocket was my boarding passes and my passport to board my flight at 6:30pm.

It was thanks to the Doctors at the Lutheran ER Medical Center that keep me a week there, thanks to all the nurses at the Third Floor and Dr. Davenport the Head Neurologist and also Dr, Aswini Mandhadi that with the Nephrologist did not discharged me till they figure it out what was wrong with my blood levels of CPK. I had to mention several times about my inoculations in order to go to East Africa, Yellow Fever, Polio, Thypho, Hepatatis A and B.

After a week of a daily blood-work with ultrasound tests and MRI’s CT Scans and Echo Stress of my Heart and and Encephalogram; was today that they allowed me out, first thing was to rebook my flight, I am leaving tomorrow 09/22/2010 at 6:30 pm from JFK to Amsterdam I will be landing in Nairobi the 23rd at 7:25…

Hope that this time I will make it, I will keep you post it of my whereabouts…

Marco Castro

About marcocastrophotography

I was born and raised in México City, where the mixture of cultures gave birth to the nation that we know as México. My grandmother was the last in my family who spoke fluent Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs. Due to the racism in those days, she never taught her daughters the language, and therefore, we, as a family, lost our cultural heritage. I have been involved, however, with the indigenous world, even though I do not believe this happened by coincidence. I have a background as a graphic designer, one credit short of a BA in Graphic Communication Design from the National School of Visual Arts, National Autonomous University of Mexico (ENAP-UNAM). While in a Photographic Workshop at the University Center of Cinematographic Studies (CUEC-UNAM), I met a photographer who changed my life forever: Ignacio “Nacho” López. I can still see how strongly he influences me when I develop my work in my digital darkroom. I have also had the opportunity to share marvelous moments with photographers like Dolores Alvarez-Bravo, Hector García, Lázaro Blanco, and Walter Reuter who introduced me to the etnia Triqui in Oaxaca, Mexico (Triqui Nation). I traveled and worked as Reuter's assistant for several years. I moved to New York City in 1993, which was a dream of mine for years. Here I have had the opportunity to collaborate with newspapers, magazines, and several news organizations, as well as literary publications. I also have been working as a photographer-consultant for the United Nations headquarters in New York City for the past six years at the openings of the General Assemblies. I spent endless hours in my darkroom, even mixing my own chemicals blowing up my prints back in my hometown; skills that I apply today in my digital work with attention to detail. I hold a BA on Communication and Culture from the School of Professional Studies at the Graduate Center City University of New York class of 2010. I consider myself as a Photojournalist with a Humanistic approach; I have an opportunity to rapidly built rapport with my subjects allowing me to break the barriers of language and culture; this open the doors for me to get a glimpse at their experience on their daily life and activities. Taking advantage of the old school and the digital imagining, I take the Previsualization of an image as taught by Anselm Adams with the algorithms of the new digital era and combine them to enhance what I see and experience at the moment of capture. My experience as a printer in Black and White darkroom, has allow me to choose the right material to support my imaginery. Using the Canon Pro9500 MarkII with it’s high-performance, high-density 7680 nozzle FINE print head that produces ink droplets as small as 3-picoliters for stunning, true-to-life images. The Canon LUCIA ink system guarantees archival photo life up to 100 years. All this in a 100 % acid-free cotton paper as the Moab Somerset enhanced velvet 225gsm. In 13” by 19” prints that I sale as fine art. As freelance Photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. Am always open for the booking of my expertise and for hire anywhere in the world as I hold two passports as Mexican-American and a driver’s license for the State of New York.
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One Response to Week Off

  1. Sara says:

    ah dude, why do you have a picture of a north American forest on your Africa blog? I thought like you were a photographer or something. xo

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