family visit – Finger Lakes, NY

A late Spring visit to Kueka Lake, NY and almost all our time spent: early morning swims, grilled clams, lightning storms, fireflies over calm water, melted ice cream, New York pizza by-the-slice, cousins, mothers, father-in-law, a sister, World Cup on TV, chicken taquitos made on two separate days, avocados like $5 each, horse and buggies with Mennonite children, old family jokes, wet clothes, Franny & Zooey, not enough time, too many memories, too many ways to jump in cold water, too many days not at this Lake.

- June 5-17, 2014.

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My week at the Russian River

Here are a few images of some long-time Russian River dwellers that will appear in the next issue of Sonoma Magazine. Writer John Beck wrote a beautiful piece about what life was like for these subjects in their youth while they lived along the river. RiverStories
River Keeper Don McEnhill on the remains of the Del Rio Dam. Now 51, McEnhill said his parents took him here when he was just a few days old and he’s never wanted to leave.

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RiverStoriesSuki Waters on Penny Island in Jenner. This was Suki’s playground as a kid and to me it felt like the Garden of Eden. We both wandered the lush island eating sun-warmed wild raspberries while I kept hearing Beethoven’s Pastoral Symphony in my head.

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Guerneville historian John Schubert. We spent nearly an hour wading in the cool waters at Johnson’s Beach while he told me a million stories about a whole cast of characters he knew as a kid. Good sport for going in fully clothed too.

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93-year-old Johnson’s Beach owner Clare Harris at the helm. The guy runs the place with a seemingly unyielding amount of energy. Johnson’s Beach won’t be the same place without out him and he knows it.

RiverStoriesI really fell in love with the characters in this magazine piece, but what struck me most was how moved I was by the sense of mortality that came from spending quiet moments on the river like this one on a decaying monument like the Del Rio Dam.

mix bag of recent work

Surfer_1336Spent some time at Bodega Bay shooting LIOCO winemaker Matt Licklider…Thrilled he wanted a shot without a vineyard in the background.

photo by: ERIK CASTRO © 2014 all rights reserved.Mike Kennedy, a New Yorker now living in Larkspur, California is putting out his first album and I shot him not far from his home. My favorites were all the ones where he is smoking.

books&cooks_sonomaI did a piece for Sonoma Magazine about writers visiting Sonoma County through food events. Here Frances Mayes, author of “Under The Tuscan Sun,” speaking at Spinster Sisters in Santa Rosa.books&cooks_sonomaLiza Hinman of Spinster Sisters doing her thing during the author event.11SAYDid a quick event shoot for The Press Democrat and came across two major supporters of my work; Matt Martin & Cat Cvengros of Social Advocates for Youth during their yearly fundraising event held next-door to my son’s preschool.MattAdrian_0110  MattAdrian_3280A couple of images from my back-up photographer shoot with friend and colleague Charlie Gesell who is always a blast to shoot with at any event.Image_33Lastly, I did career day at Elsie Allen High School in Santa Rosa. I did two sessions both filled with Freshman students and they all loved this shot from inside a Texas prison I took while living in Austin. Great group of kids at that school.

SVMA – Family visit to exhibition

03-22-14_SVMA_050photo by Nila.03-22-14_SVMA_042photo by Rebecca03-22-14_SVMA_088Photographs are viewable from Broadway Street.03-22-14_SVMA_080Sonoma Valley Museum Art; now a playground for my kids.03-22-14_SVMA_062Handmade book for visitor to touch and read while two videos (“New Skin” & “Anything Helps”) play on a loop.03-22-14_SVMA_019Thrilled to have my work in this beautiful space in the quaint town of Sonoma. The staff at Sonoma Valley Museum of Art treated me and my children like this was our second home. No doubt a huge thank you to museum Director Kate Eilertsen for believing so much in what I’m trying to say as a photojournalist. -March 22, 2014