“Massai-Mara” National Reserve

I took off on Saturday October 2nd to the Park, it took me Ten hours straight of driving, the Kenyan highways that after Nurok; just dissapeared and the bumpiest road laid in front of my very wide open eyes, no way a regular car can make its ways to the Reserve. I slept on a small camp known as Kamara Mara, nice warm water to shower-up and continue for another three hours in the Mara Roads. Called by the locals as the “African massage.”

Me tomo diez horas manejando para llegar al Parque “Massai-Mara”, cai como piedra a dormir en un campamento en las afueras de la entrada Talek, por el rio que esta cercano. Despues de bañarme en la maña continue otras tres horas más de manejar en los caminos del parque. Los locales los conocen como los caminos del Masaje Africano.


I spent two nights three days at the “Intrepids Lodge” in the middle of the “Massai-Mara” a guide was with us a  22 year old Massai with the sharpest eyes ever known and real knowledge of the animals and plants of the area, knowing where to go and when because all the guides are family that keep informed each other of the animals whereabouts. That helps a lot, specially if you are driving your 4 by 4 by yourselve. His name is Mnanpaso Jackson.

Me quedé en el centro del Parque Massai-mara en un lodge conocido como “Mara Intrepids,” estar cerca de donde pasan las cosas y con un guia autoctono fué lo mejor para mi visita, un joven Massai de Veintidos años Mnanpaso Jackson, con una supervista y un real conocimiento de los animales y las plantas del Massai-Mara…

El guia me dijo que fui muy suertudo ya que la primera noche se me mostro un Leopardo y que mucha gente han venido varios años en su busqueda sin lograrlo.

My guide told me that I was very Lucky as in my first night a Leopard show itself to me after a twenty minutes of freenzy driving and jumping the roads to get a sneak preview of that grandiose animal…


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 “Massai-Mara” National Reserve

  1. Sara says:

    Where are the pictures of these supposed animals?

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