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Brian Castillo

"Erratic Placement," photography, Brian Castillo "Erratic Placement," photography, Brian Castillo

Son of Angelo (Angie) Castillo, Former DHS Employee

Was on Display:
June 2012 - November 2013
Floor B1

"My name is Brian Castillo, and Iíve had the great fortune of growing up in Wisconsin amidst its natural beauty and bounty of outdoor recreation. 

I became enthralled with photography years after inheriting a camera of my Fatherís. This led to the inclusion of several works in Madison East yearbooks from which I graduated from in 2003. I graduated from Northland College in Ashland, WI with a degree in Outdoor Education (emphasizing therapeutic and universal design). My college studies led me to picturesque locations including Alaska, Colorado, Utah, California and eventually back to the south shore of Lake Superior, where I graduated in 2007. 

Amidst the travels and several thousands of photos later I was presented with an opportunity to revisit a childhood dream involving one of my other dedicated passions in life - kayaking. Being introduced to paddle sports at a young age my independence flourished and enabled me to look at the world from a different perspective Ė that at water level. Moving at the human powered speed allows time for contemplation and composition of your surroundings. 

At the same time it enables spontaneity, especially when armed with a camera. This triad of contemplation, composition and spontaneity laid the foundation for the Superior Session images presented here. In 2008 I circumnavigated Lake Superior by sea kayak with my partner, Alissa. 

Through dozens of days on the water I was able to experience a simple existence, one not dictated by schedules or agendas, rather enjoying a journey, one day at a time. The images displayed here, are a reflection of that simple time, where composition and spontaneity could tune out the rigors of everything else and one could contemplate the true beauty in life. 

You can read about our journey on our blogspot by scrolling down to blog archive and clicking "2008." Questions regarding our trip or the photos can be sent to my e-mail address."  

Sample images from the art display at 1 West Wilson Street. Select each image to open a larger version.

"Padder's Delight," photography, Brian Castillo "Superbia," photography, Brian Castillo

Email: brianec@tds.net
website: http://www.sessiononsuperior.blogspot.com (exit DHS)

Last Revised:  June 18, 2014