13
Aug
12

A NEW BEGINNING.

As most of my friends and followers of this blog know. I post about the stories, thoughts, adventures of my life. And now I am in the process of starting something new. Over the past few months I have been writing about my life and the stroke that I had back in November of last year in a series of blog posts called “FLATLINE… THE STROKE CHRONICLES.”

Now I am starting a new adventure. I am taking my joy and passion of photography one step further. Over the past two years during my time of unemployment and dealing with the stroke that I had and recovering from the event. I had used photography as a way to release stress, and take my mind off depressive thoughts.

And I must say that it has been a great help with me in lifting my spirits up. And after taking some time to think my life over and as well thinking about what to do next in my life. I have decided to start JPeg Image Photography. A photographic service specializing in portrait and event photography.

Yes… I have decided to start a photography company. I am excited to start this new venture, and I hope that it does go well. I had thought to take my passion for the art of photography and expand on it to the next level.

You can view JPeg Image Photography’s website at.: http://jpegimagephotography.com

JPeg Image Photography will cover the world of photography. And as well post articles on things such as tips and tricks, personal product reviews. And as well give insight and some back story to some of my photography work. And of course it will post and highlight my personal photography.

JPeg Image Photography is a photographic service specializing in portrait and event photography where I plan on working with future clients to help make the special memories of their lives last forever. Whether it be for portraits, headshots, special occasions, or just some time spent in front of the camera creatively; I will help clients capture these special moments. I also plan on specializing on photo documentation of an individuals personal effects and property for insurance purposes for when insurance claims are filed after a crises.

I am planning on accepting clients in Mid-September, if you are interested in booking your free consultation. Or would like to know more about JPeg Image Photography. You can contact JPeg Image Photography via this link.: http://jpegimagephotography.com/contact/

Now some of you reading this might be wondering what is going to happen to “Lu Logic’s Blog?” My answer is the following. “Nothing will happen to the blog. It will still be active and I still plan on making posts to it.”

For people that do have an interest or passion for photography, please feel free to follow my new website.: http://jpegimagephotography.com . And as well feel free to follow the blog portion of JPeg Image Photography. For the latest news, blog post and insights/my thoughts about photography.

You can also follow me on Twitter at.: http://twitter.com/LUIS_CASTRO_NYC

30
Jul
12

STOP THE GUN VIOLENCE NOW.

STOP THE GUN VIOLENCE NOW.

I normally don’t get request to post causes on my blog. But for this particular subject matter I feel and agree that this subject needs to be posted. The issue is gun violence. Virgina Tech, Aurora, New York City and so on.

This is a matter that needs to be addressed, the killing of innocent people is senseless and not needed. Better laws need to be but into place by state and federal government to reflect this matter. A photographer/friend of mines Brian Everett Francis made the following public service announcement (PSA) poster/image and he asked me to post this on my blog to help spread the word about gun violence. The PSA poster is below.

This really needs to stop. The violence, killings of innocent people, better laws need to be made and put into place.

To see more of  Brian Everett Francis work, you can go to his website at.: http://www.PHAZION.COM and you can follow him on Twitter at.: @Bee_Phazion .

All that I ask is that after reading this blog post is that you the reader, click the “like” button on the bottom of this blog post to show your support against gun violence. As well post and share your comments about this issue.

27
Jul
12

FLATLINE… THE STROKE CHRONICLES. (IT’S ABOUT TIME.)

FLATLINE… THE STROKE CHRONICLES. 

“Where others will not cross the line, the line is where I begin and cross over to start my journey.” 

IT’S ABOUT TIME.:

It has been a while since I have done a “Flatline” blog post, so I guess that I do have some catching up to do. I have been busy on still getting funding for my disability and I have been working on getting a new health plan as well.

I am happy to say that after eight months I finally got approved of my disability money. That will start next month thank goodness. It has been a long struggle to get it. Granted… I am still working on getting my health care.

Oddly enough I still have to fight for that, so the battle still continues. But at lease I will now get monthly funding to help pay the bills and have some form of a life. As well I can now somewhat concentrate on my next photography venture that I hope will be successful.

How do I feel at this point in time now that I finally got my funding approved? “Numb” would be the best way to put it. It’s sort of anti-climatic for lack of a better term. How does a person feel when all that has passed happens to them? I am not sure, but I am glad that I have made it to this point in time.

I have to admit that I do feel somewhat burnt out from the ordeal. But this is just one chapter closing and another one starting. Let’s just see how the next chapter plays out. Once I take care of a few more issues I should feel a little more comfortable with my life and where it’s going. I find it funny how as I started to write this blog post, I had quite a few thoughts that I wanted to share.

But at the moment I just can’t seem to get them typed. Way to many thoughts in my head I guess. I am sure next time I will have lots more to say. But at this point in time my thoughts just seem to be scattered at the moment.

Maybe it’s just burnout? Or shell-shocked? I am not sure… But I am glad that what I have been trying to do (get my funding…) is about to become a reality. Now I can concentrate on my life and making it better. So I guess you can say. “The adventure still goes on.”

Granted this is not the end of the “Flatline Chronicles.” If anything it’s the close of a very long chapter. There will be more flatline posts. Let’s see what happens in the next chapter of my life.

25
Jun
12

THE NEW YORK CITY GAY PRIDE PARADE OF 2012.

Once again I have made my yearly journey into Manhattan to check out the New York City Gay Pride Parade. This year did make the one year anniversary of same-sex marriage being made legal in New York state.

And as always there was joy and celebration for gay rights and the support of marriage for same-sex genders. The event was not packed with people as it was last year, but overall still a joyful and fun event to attend. It was full of event/parade supporters and fans of the movement. Below are some of the many photos that I have taken of the parade.

As you can see from the photo above I did pick a good location to photograph the event. This was taken about a half hour before the parade had started.

Once you see a policeman on a motorcycle, you know the parade is about to pass through.

And here they come!

I personally like the next photo below. One of the unexpected things about photography is that you never know how a photo will come out until you see it afterwards. An interesting contrast I think. Law enforcement standing in front of a sea of rainbow color balloons. Years ago being gay was considered a crime, we have come a long way from those days.

Here is singer Cindy Lauper, she was a Grand Marshal at the event.

As well the Speaker of the New York City Council and Council Member of the 3rd District Christine Quinn

Below is New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

Another photo of New York Senator Chuck Schumer.

Old age did not stop this person of attending.

New York Governor Mario Cuomo.

Here is HLN news anchor Jane Velez-Mitchell.

This next photo I thought was just too funny, I had to post this. 🙂

I really like this photo, actor George Takei (Sulu) from Star Trek.

NYPD  commissioner Ray Kelly.

And there goes my day in photos of the New York City Gay Pride Parade. An event worth going to each and every year. If you did not make it, this will be the next best thing to being at the event. And of course I will be at the parade next year.

18
Jun
12

FOLSOM STREET EAST FESTIVAL OF JUNE 17, 2012 IN NEW YORK CITY.

One of the many reasons that I love my home town of New York City. Is the fact that there are some street festivals that appear  to be very interesting and worth going to.

The Folsom Street East Festival is was of those street fairs that is very interesting, and worth going to. Reason being is because the Folsom Street East Festival is an annual BDSM and leather subculture street fair.

You can see the events website located at.: http://www.folsomstreeteast.org/

I have always wanted travel to see such an event, but for various reasons, I have missed it in past years. But this time around I was able to travel and view yesterdays event. The festival was packed of loads of people (sorry for the pun…) that are into the BDSM and leather subculture, along with supporters, and people that were just generally interested in discovering the subculture.

I have always been fascinated with it myself, so I was more than willing to go check it out. So with camera in hand and tow I went to go check it out. The place was packed with lots of people, leather, gym bodies, condoms and kink. Actually… The fact that it had loads of people, leather, gym bodies, condoms and kink just made it all the more fun.

While at the event I did see some of my friends that I have not seen in a while and as well have seen one of my Twitter followers that I know for a fact is totally into the BDSM and leather subculture. For the record I know a few of my Twitter followers that are into it as well. But at the time I have seen only one of them. Granted with so many people there I am sure that I had missed the others. And as well I did encounter another major blogger from the blogosphere, who was just carrying on being a social butterfly. Witch they are notorious for doing. With press pass in hand, I went deep to explore the event, and to check out what was going on.

And I did notice a major porn star at the event as well. “Hot Dam!” 🙂

Below are the photos that I had taken from the event.

This was the fist person that I had noticed as soon as I walked into the event. You couldn’t miss him for he was on stilts.

Like I said… The place was packed.

This was the live stage they had for acts an performances.

I tried a few times to get into the Eagle Bar a couple of times, but as you can see the place was packed!

One of the many interesting displays at the event.

Someone getting whipped, slightly of course for this was a public display.

Silence Of The Lambs?

Work that hair dammit!

The picture above I thought was funny for the tee-shirt on the person’s back had read. “If I wore something underneath this kilt, then it would be a skirt.”

Someone mentioned to me that the person in the above photo, in the burgundy and grey stripped undershirt was news broadcaster Keith Boykin, this I did not confirm.

I noticed the ass and I had to take a few photos.

I did say that I noticed the ass… You was warned! 😉

And now the front view.

All I can say about the last six photos is “Lord have mercy.” Mind you… That was mentioned in a good way. This event was a sight to see, and it’s a “must return” event for next year.

17
Jun
12

THE LU LOGIC’S BLOG DAILY.

As of today I will be using on online media newspaper to supplement my blog.: http://lulogicblog.com This service will be provided by.: http://paper.li Paper.li is a content circulation service. It enables people to publish newspapers based on topics they like and treat their readers to fresh news, daily.

This will be another format for my readers to have that will give the individual reader, more daily access to myself and my blog. It will also highlight subjects such as daily news, online media, arts and entertainment, LGBT, photography, politics, world news, trending topics and much more.

This new online daily newspaper will be called “The Logic of @CastroLuisE.”

This is an online news publication that will be updated daily with all the newest news and information in a “newspaper format.”

The news that is provided to “The Logic of @CastroLuisE Daily” Will be provided from my Twitter stream from major news organizations, and from the many people that I follow. And will include postings and highlights from myself as well.

You can view “The Logic of @CastroLuisE Daily” at.: http://paper.li/LUIS_CASTRO_NYC/1339897910

May everyone enjoy the launch of the newest addition to my blog.

14
Jun
12

VISION.

VISION.:

The concept of what I wanted to do for this photography post was just to just go around town. (In this case Manhattan, New York.) And just randomly take photos during my travels. Now granted this concept is not a new idea, most people will just walk around with the hopes of getting an interesting or great photo taken.

And I know some of you are thinking “You did pick Manhattan, New York for your location.” My answer to the above question/statement is “No… I did not pick Manhattan as the primary location. I live in New York City and traveling to Manhattan is something that I may have to do  once or twice a week to randomly take care of some business that I may have.”

There is nothing special about Manhattan New York if you ask me. (Now I know that some of you who are reading this and that have never been to New York City are probably gasping for air, mouth wide open. Clutching your pearls, and crossing your legs in fear as if I broke some sort of religious holy rule that will have me instantly combust into flames and burn in fire and brimstone.) And some of you might be saying “How dare you talk evil about Manhattan like that!?!?” As if Manhattan is some sort of magical wonderland that should be worshiped, and all areas around it are irrelevant.

Now Let me explain my reasoning… New York City consists of five boroughs, each of which comprises a state county. The five boroughs—The Bronx,Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Staten Island—were consolidated into a single city back in 1898.

With the above said, We (or New York City’s tourism board) I should say promote Manhattan as the crown gem of the city. To me… “It’s just another part of town.” But each of the five boroughs are very unique and are worth exploring if you ever travel here.

With that said… What I wanted to do for this post was to just take random images of around town during one of my travels into the city. (Manhattan) I really did not take the time to plan this photo shoot, like I normally would do. No planned/or set location in mind, no planned subject to photograph. And no planning on film speed, ISO settings, lighting, lens filters, lens hood  and so on.

Just “point and shoot” the images that I wanted to take. So to a small extent you will be seeing what I have seen during my travels of the day, my camera becomes my eyes and “vision” and what is posted is what one would have seen if you was walking with me during my travels.

Some of the photos that you will see are also taken in black and white for I thought at the time that some of the photos taken would look better than in color.

The journey of my day starts in Brooklyn New York, arriving at fifty-ninth street, Columbus Circle in Manhattan. After my appointment on the West-Side of Manhattan, I traveled (walked) down twelfth avenue and fifty-ninth street to an area in lower Manhattan known as the West Village.

It was a good, long walk with a few funny moments that had happened as well. That will all be explained later in the post. So for now… Enjoy the view of what I had seen.

York Street Subway Station Brooklyn, New York.

York Street Subway Station Brooklyn, New York in black in white.

59th Street Subway exit showing globe statue and the Trump Tower.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

John Jay College of Criminal Justice in black and white.

Statue at the entrance of DeWitt Clinton Park, DeWitt Clinton was the 6th Governor of the State of New York.

Intersection of 12th Ave & 34th Street, Manhattan. I really enjoy this photo for its rare that there is hardly any traffic on 34th street. (Or so I thought… I will explain shortly.) And off in the distance you see the Empire State Building. And now as mentioned, a “funny moment” needs to be told about the above listed photo.

I stated that there was hardly any traffic when the photo was taken. But what was behind me was major traffic turning off 12th avenue trying to get on 34th street. So I had to literally dodge, trucks, cars and tractor trailers trying to get on the street. You had about less than thirty seconds to get to the middle of the street, focus and shoot the photo before the light changes and traffic behind you starts barreling in on you.

And if that is not enough…

I went back to the middle of the street again to take the above black and white photo. Notice the cement truck on the right side of the photo, that was what had to swing around me as I stood in the middle of the street. The things I do for photography. 🙂

12th Ave & 32nd Street black and white. Taking this picture and the next one “almost” got me in trouble with police. It’s another funny story, how is it funny getting in trouble with the police? I will explain.

While taking this photo I tweeted via my BlackBerry to my Twitter account the following tweet. “@LUIS_CASTRO_NYC: Why the cops spying on me? Leave me alone! I am taking #photos !”

What had happen was that there was an unmarked police car that suddenly stopped short in the middle of traffic, blocking traffic that was now forced to go around them and the officers inside the unmarked car were just watching me.

Why was they doing this? The photo below explains.

Granted… It’s the same area, 12th Ave & 32nd Street. But If you look to the left on the middle of the block, it’s where the Department of Sanitation stores some of its garbage trucks, one of many facilities around the city. So it seems that I was some sort of threat just taking photos of the area.

Mind you… I just ignored them and just kept taking photos, besides. It was and is a public area, with so sign telling me not to do so. So I just kept doing so. I was once told by another photographer when I once asked him to review my work and could be give me some advice. And he told me as advice. “Never be afraid to take a shot.”

Good advice if you ask me, and one that I will always remember.

This photo above is of a park on 12 Avenue and West 23rd Street in the Chelsea area of Manhattan. One of the many oasis for kids and adults to enjoy.

This photo of a FDNY Fireboat, was taken once I had gotten to the West Side piers and park. In the background you can see Jersey City New Jersey. The FDNY Fireboat was traveling north across the Hudson River.

The next photo below I felt just had to be taken in black and white.

The photo above is of The new World Trade Center that is currently being built after the 9/11 attacks. A view that you can see all the way from the West Side piers and park. In retrospect, here is a photo of one of the original World Trade Towers being built back in 1971.

A true rebirth in progress. Interesting how the photo taken in 1971 and the one I took yesterday (June 13, 2012) seem to have been taken under similar weather conditions. Low cloud cover with slight drain/drizzle coming down.

Now the photo below is one of the many reasons that I love New York City.

Yes… Canadian Geese in Hudson River!

Their was two of them floating around in the Hudson River. In such a metropolitan city such as New York, you do see nature.

The photo above is the Gay Liberation statue in Christopher Park (at the intersection of Christopher, Grove, and West 4th Streets.)

The final photo was taken just before going home back to Brooklyn.

This was just a random photo of 6th Avenue and Waverly Place in Manhattan. Just a simple photo of a local street with people walking about.  And there goes a typical day for me, where you see my travels of the day, where my camera becomes my eyes and “vision.”




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