The King of the Jungle

The only animal that creep me up… being around with, and windowless in the Land Rover; was the lioness. You know they mean business when you see her walking towards you. It is not in vane that they are the most feared Africa’s predators.

El único animal que me espanto por tan cerquita en la Land Rover sin ventanas fue la Leonesa, nada más las ves caminar hacia ti y sabes que van en serio. No es en balde que ellas sean las más temidas de todos los depredadores en Africa.

The lioness are the ones who hunt and after feeding themselves and the cubs of the pride, that is a group of Lioness and all the offspring with few males around. The King of the Jungle eats the leftovers.

Ellas son la que cazan y después de alimentarse ellas y sus crios de la manada, la mayoría formada de Leonesas con un puñado de Leones. El Rey de la Selva se come lo que sobra.

The life cycle once again shows itself as we can see this cub feeding on Wilderbeest carcass, after all the Lioness have had their breakfast.

La vida continua y en su ciclo nos mustra a este cachorro alimentandose con despojos de “Ñu” o Wilderbeest, después de que las cazadoras desayunaran.

All the activities of the big cats start in the early morning so I had to left the “Intrepid Mara Lodge” every morning at six. After the morning activities this Lioness rest on the bush shadow, resting for her next kill.

Los gatos son más activos en las mañanas y en las tardes, asi que hay que salir bien temprano a las seis del “Lodge Intrepid Mara.” Leonesa descansando a la sombra de un arbusto, preparandose para su suguiente cacería.

As noted before the conflict between the tribes around the National Reserve specifically the Massai and Samburu people against Nature had turned ugly as they had opted to use Furadan a powerful chemical as poisson to clear the once King of the jungle out their way. They look for greener pasture for their cattle, but if they venture where the Lions live and hunt is obvious the end result, they argument is that the protected area are not fenced, “Early this year two Lionesses’s bodies and one young male were found dead at Lemek area, in the “Massai-Mara” ecosystem.” Leonard Korir/The Standard, Nairobi, Kenya. 10/07/2010

Como lo señale anteriormente el conflicto entre las tribus y la Naturaleza alrededor del ecosistema de “Massai-Mara-Serenguethi” especialmente de los Massai y los Sumburu; el conflicto se ha tornado criminal, cuando estas tribus han optado por envenenar al otrora “Rey de la Selva” par eliminaro por la competencia de pastura verde para sus vacas. Pero si elos llevan sus rebaños a donde viven los Leones es obvio el resultado final. Las tribus argumentan que la Reserva Nacional no esta bardeada. ” Al principio de año, se encontraron con dos cuerpos de Leonesas y un León joven en el area conocida como Lemek, en el ecosistema del “Massai Mara.” Leonard Korir/The Standard, Nairobi, Kenya. 10/07/2010


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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3 Responses to The King of the Jungle

  1. Roxana Villalobos says:

    Hermosas fotografias tío Delicidades!!!!

  2. Vicky Groner says:

    Querido Marco,

    Toda entidad que sea femenina tiene tres reglas: temerle, respetarle y amarle….es la ley de la vida para delicia nuestra y pesar vuestro…., y porque no traían ventanas? a propósito?

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