Orange County

Photographer shares dozens of new images taken at Pulse, aftermath

ORLANDO, Fla. — Several events are taking place across Orlando paying tribute to the 49 lives lost at Pulse five years ago.

On Tuesday, the community is getting the chance to see new photographs that have never been released.

On the other side of the lens, through J.D. Castro’s trained eye, Orlando showed how to lead with love.

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The community was invited to experience Castro’s images captured the day of the mass shooting, and the weeks, months and years that followed.

Castro said the project has helped in the healing process. But he wants to share what he’s been through so others now there’s no pressure to be healed by now.

More than 115 photos are his are at the Interim Pulse Memorial. He hopes that will continue starting conversations.

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“A lot of people just stop right at that image and then they have a discussion,” Castro said. “That to me, that’s what’s important.”

He called the photos his “legacy.”

“These things will outlive me,” Castro said.

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Adam Poulisse joined WFTV in November 2019.