BROKEN – a year in the life of Steve & Michelle

PROJECT LINK:┬áBROKEN a year in the life of Steve & Michelle (Published online 09/09/18) at The Press Democrat) When Santa Rosa, California declared a homeless state of emergency in late 2016, they were part of at least 10 city and county governments to do the same on the West Coast. The following year, The National... Continue Reading →

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HARVESTER – July 22 Opening – Healdsburg, CA

This is my third year working on HARVESTER. The project is growing and so are the challenges for many of my subjects who come to the U.S. to work. Images from the series will be on display at the Healdsburg Center for the Arts beginning on opening night, July 22, 2017 from 5pm to 7pm.... Continue Reading →

Portraits in Petaluma

I was invited to produce portraits of Petaluma residents or anyone in the neighborhood at the Petaluma Arts Center on June 17, 2017. About 60 people showed up for the 4 hours I was shooting. These 3 portraits are my favorites. The top portrait is Cris Pulido with his 7-day-old daughter Eve. He's the only... Continue Reading →

Women’s March 2017 – Santa Rosa, CA

I was with my wife, niece and 10-year-old daughter during the Women's March in Santa Rosa, California along with millions of others across the world. Local news said over 5,000 attended in Santa Rosa. Here are a few moments for that rainy day.

Some favorites from 2016

These are a few images from my shoot for Leafly, an online resource for news and information about cannabis. I photographed a popular cannabis festival known as The Emerald Cup in Santa Rosa, California. State voters just passed a ballot measure legalizing recreational use of marijuana and there was plenty on hand to sample at... Continue Reading →

Covering my first fire

I never lived in a fire zone since working as a news photographer until moving to Northern California where fires seem to come more often than rain. So I wasn't surprised to get a call on a recent Sunday morning from The Press Democrat assigning me to photograph what would be one of the worst... Continue Reading →

HARVESTER a photo series

I started this project during summer and fall of 2015. The idea was simple. Photograph grape harvest workers the moment after they finish up a days work in the vineyards. I wanted their faces to be the narrative. Just faces after work. I'll be back in the vineyards again this year to keep finding faces... Continue Reading →

Something Better – a short film for Social Advocates for Youth

<p><a href="https://vimeo.com/166591315">Something Better - a short film for SAY</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/erikcastro">erik castro | photojournalist</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p> Hope you take the time to watch this short film. I'm very proud of the work and the stories that are told in this piece. SAY, or Social Advocates for Youth, the non-profit that helps homeless &... Continue Reading →

Mix bag of work

  It's been mix of work all year so far, and enjoying it; photos for newsprint, non-profits and personal projects along with video projects. This was from a shoot for a non-profit that helps physically and mentally challenged individuals live more independently. This woman was amazing to watch paint. I could have photographed all day.... Continue Reading →

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