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.

The evidence of dedication to dancing are seen in the feet of choreographer and dancer Nichele Van Portfleet during rehearsal for her SoCo Dance Theater performance titled, "This Way Up," at Sonoma State University's Ives Hall in Rohnert Park. February 6, 2016. (Photo: Erik Castro/for The Press Democrat)

I came across these feet during a shoot for The Press Democrat. The evidence of dedication to dancing are seen in the feet of choreographer and dancer Nichele Van Portfleet during rehearsal for her SoCo Dance Theater

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BI-Sonoma_1712This 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.

Executive Chef Mike Selvera working the raw bar at Seaside Metal oyster bar in Guerneville. April 29, 2016. (Photo: Erik Castro/for The Press Democrat)

This chef and I were both punk rock skater kids in LA during the same era. He even had an old Siouxsie and The Banshees record in his cafe which album cover was on a t-shirt of mine in 8th grade. Executive Chef Mike Selvera working the raw bar at Seaside Metal oyster bar in Guerneville.


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/166571801″>Lost Brother In Space</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/erikcastro”>erik castro | photojournalist</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

My kids got sick. So, we were home a lot. We made movies to pass the time. We did this space movie trailer using a glass salad bowl and a $2 dollar psychedelic light. My son played the astronaut, my daughter did the space center voice and I got to film it.

Seventh grade students exiting class near teacher Betty Paulukonis at Willowside Middle School in Santa Rosa. May 11, 2016. (Photo: Erik Castro/for The Press Democrat)

I really like this shot. I like it when kids don’t smile so much, they look cooler…and I love that translation on the girl’s shirt for “meow.” Seventh grade students exiting class near teacher Betty Paulukonis at Willowside Middle School in Santa Rosa.

A young couple watching the parade from a second-story window on the corner of Bodega Avenue and North Main Street during the 70th annual Apple Blossom Parade held in Sebastopol Saturday. April 16, 2016. (Photo: Erik Castro/for The Press Democrat)

The paper didn’t run this shot of a young couple watching a parade I was covering. They were checking out the scene from a second-story window. The paper ran everything I turned in but this image; which of course was my favorite.

Mobley0117 _ec_CARD02_1339I don’t use lights often, but I always have fun with them when I do. A shot of beer maker Nile Zacherle for the SF Chronicle. I though he looked a little like Anthony Perkins in this shot.04-2011_BaptismWeekend_032Been missing my mother since her death last year. This was a shot my daughter found while fishing through old family photos. Its a shot of my mom arriving at our home during the weekend of my son’s baptism. She would have killed me if I hadn’t baptized him. That’s his head at the bottom of the frame.

 

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IMG_0145These 2 are from a trip to Los Angeles. Been needing to go back more. My head gets foggy if I’m in Sonoma County too long. Sometimes just need freeways and time with my sisters. My son playing basketball and my daughter playing on a handball court.IMG_1143-1Wish I could use my phone more for my news assignment work. Here’s a recent one from a nature walk near Sebastopol with my daughter.

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