Fabulous Las Vegas!

Las Vegas, in Nevada’s Mojave Desert, is a resort town famed for its buzzing energy, 24-hour casinos and endless entertainment options. Its focal point is the Strip, just over 4 miles long and lined with elaborate theme hotels such as the pyramid-shaped Luxor and the Venetian, complete with Grand Canal; luxury resorts including the Bellagio, set behind iconic dancing fountains; and innumerable casinos.

From Rout 582 in the middle of the Mojave Desert is like a mirage, from thr dust emerges the Strip of Fabulous Las Vegas.

From Rout 582 in the middle of the Mojave Desert is like a mirage, from the dust emerges the Strip of Fabulous Las Vegas.

At the beginning of the strip on the North side one of the first Casinos is Circus=Circus.

At the beginning of the strip on the North side one of the first Casinos is Circus=Circus.

July 24-30, 2011. As a surprise trip we went to At the beginning of the strip on the North side one of the first Casinos is Circus=Circus.

At the beginning of the strip on the North side one of the first Casinos is Circus=Circus.

Luxurios Casinos throughout "The Strip" Encore.

Luxurios Casinos throughout “The Strip” Encore.

Express South a Futuristic bus at "The Strip."

Express South a Futuristic bus at “The Strip.”

The famous Wyn Hotel-Casino.

The famous Wyn Hotel-Casino.

Gilley's Las Vegas Casino.

Gilley’s Las Vegas Casino.

Gilley's Las Vegas Casino.

Gilley’s Las Vegas Casino.

Harras Casino, even on the daylight the bright marquee light are forever on.

Harras Casino, even on the daylight the bright marquee lights are forever on.

Caesar Palace Hotel-Casino

Caesar Palace Hotel-Casino

Hard-Rock Cafe-Casino

Hard-Rock Cafe-Casino

Water Channels in Vegas? You bet! Luxury all over at "The Venetian Hotel Casino & Boutique.

Water Channels in Vegas? You bet! Luxury all over at “The Venetian Hotel Casino & Boutique.

A team Hotel Casino; New York New York.

A team Hotel Casino; New York New York.

Paris Casino with a remarkable "Eiffel Tower-Restaurant" with great views of the "Strip."

Paris Casino with a remarkable “Eiffel Tower-Restaurant” with great views of the “Strip.”

Paris Casino with a remarkable "Eiffel Tower-Restaurant" with great views of the "Strip."

Paris Casino with a remarkable “Eiffel Tower-Restaurant” with great views of the “Strip.”

Paris Casino with a remarkable "Eiffel Tower-Restaurant" with great views of the "Strip."

Paris Casino with a remarkable “Eiffel Tower-Restaurant” with great views of the “Strip.”

Paris Casino with a remarkable "Eiffel Tower-Restaurant" with great views of the "Strip."

Paris Casino with a remarkable “Eiffel Tower-Restaurant” with great views of the “Strip.”

The Other Strip

A young Mexican scout named Rafael Rivera is credited as the first non-Native American to encounter the valley, in 1829 where Vegas is located.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Las_Vegas

Also know as Downtown Vegas, across from Route 589 or E Sahara Ave a big contrast in Las Vegas: The Old Strip, with dilapidated small Hotels and Casinos, once booming is like a corpse in the middle of the dessert.

The defunct Sahara Casino, it has better times, this picture was taken before demolition.

The defunct Sahara Casino, it has better times, this picture was taken before demolition.

If it's in stock we have it (?). Really?

If it’s in stock we have it (?).
Really?

Behind the Bonanza General Store and high in the sky is the "Stratosphere-Las Vegas"

Behind the Bonanza General Store and high in the sky is the “Stratosphere-Las Vegas”

As ghost town Old Strip loneliness as empty Hotels try to attract the masses from the other side of the Avenue. Light here are dimmed some Chapels still around.

As ghost town Old Strip loneliness as empty Hotels try to attract the masses from the other side of the Avenue. Light here are dimmed some Chapels still around.

As ghost town Old Strip loneliness as empty Hotels try to attract the masses from the other side of the Avenue. Light here are dimmed but defiant certain death Motel going on their business.

As ghost town Old Strip loneliness as empty Hotels try to attract the masses from the other side of the Avenue. Light here are dimmed but defiant certain death Motel going on their business.

Aztec Inn Casino, I am Aztec, is my Tribe from México City, but a Casino in Old Strip? Who knew?

Aztec Inn Casino, I am Aztec, is my Tribe from México City, but a Casino in Old Strip? Who knew?

High on top of the "Stratosphere-Las Vegas" is a Bar-Restaurant where some adrenaline seekers find their mojo as the rappel to the street level on one rope!

High on top of the “Stratosphere-Las Vegas” is a Bar-Restaurant where some adrenaline seekers find their mojo as the rappel to the street level on one rope!

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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