Steven Castro is a photographer based on the Central California Coast whose images have been recognized with numerous international awards and honors. In 2012, his image “Old Veteran” was awarded first place at the International Juried Photography Competition and Exhibit hosted by Carmel Art Institute in Carmel, California. In 2014, out of 30,000 entries, Steven’s “Tenaya Lake Evening” won first place in the Outdoor Photographer Magazine’s Great Outdoors contest. Other awards and nominations include the prestigious Fine Art Photography Awards (London), International Photography Awards, Ansel Adams Gallery photography contest, and Black & White Spider Awards.
Steven has participated in exhibits at the Center for Photographic Art in Carmel, California, the Michael H. Kellicutt International Photography Show in Half Moon Bay, California, and the Carmel Art Institute in Carmel, California.
It has always been my desire to show the calming qualities of the subjects I photograph. Whether it’s a crowded Venetian canal or the waves pounding the cliffs of Point Lobos, my artistic pursuit is to provide an escape; I strive to foster a strong sense of solace through my work.
I find myself returning to locations I have photographed a multitude of times and, in most cases, doing so reveals a new, intimate detail. This sensation often feels like the inherent, often enigmatic, quality of our world disclosing itself before me. As such, I develop a deeply personal connection, and a powerful respect for, the places I capture.
I strive for my images to express a bemused sense of awe as I follow a creative process in which I work with ephemeral elements. I feel empowered by this potential of my images to shift the attention of any given subject to reveal new aspects within the scene. This feeling is what drives my artistic ambition to continue capturing our world.