“You have to understand that it can happen and you’ll never know when. I’ve understand this when my brother never came back and I made peace with fear” says Reyes Cosio Rosas a shark hunter from El Sargento, a small fishing village in Baja California.
Every night for living he faces the dark waters of the sea of Cortez. Jacques Cousteau has defined this place “The world’s aquarium”: its waters host more than 900 species of fish and over 30 cetacean’s types but years of overfishing have deeply affected its delicate ecosystem. From more than a decade the community of shark fishermen or “Tiburoneros” from El Sargento is forced to migrate to the Pacific side of the Baja peninsula, due to the state of sea of Cortez. They pass most of their life away from their families in abandoned islands which seem outposts at the edge of the world. Everyday they navigate up to 40 miles from the coast for catching bigger sharks into an infinite routine.
The project follows an emotional journey through the relationship between these men and the nature which surrounds them, where they are unexpected guests and where the ones who keep you alive can also kill you.
Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico. Tiny organisms, known as sea fireflies Lit up the sea at night.
Pacific Ocean, Off Magdalena Bay, Mexico. A Silky Shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) swims freely in the open water. Scientists are still studying the migration patterns of the Pelagic sharks, the main factors that cause shark migration are water temperature, reproduction and food sources.The Silky sharks are cold blooded so they will migrate to stay within their preferred temperature ranges.
Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico. Two shark hunters swim after a night out in the sea.
Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico. A crew of shark hunters as they heard the sound of a whale next to the boat.
Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico. The last light of the day in the Sea of Cortez. Jacques Cousteau called it “The world’s aquarium” for its biodiversity, but decades of overfishing mainly from large fishing boats have caused a total collapse of fish stocks and have destroyed its ecosystem.
Punta arena, Baja California, Mexico. A shark fisherman wash himself into a ruined house on the Island. The isolation that these people live lead them to be very wary of outsiders, moreover the international pressure for banning shark fishing increases their distrust.
Punta Arena, Baja California, Mexico. An abandoned building used as a shelter by fishermen.
Pacific Ocean, Off Magdalena Bay, Mexico A blue shark (Prionace glauca) hooked while trying to resist just before being caught. It is estimated that 10 to 20 million of these sharks are killed each year as a result of fishing. the fish is now classified as “near-threatened” on the IUCN Red List.
Punta Arena, Baja California, Mexico. A fisherman rests at night.
Punta Arena, Baja California, Mexico. Ivan Lucero, 26, is a shark fishemen from El sargento. Ivan Studied food science at the university of La Paz, but he didn’t find a work in that field and now he is a “tiburonero”.
Punta Arena, Baja California, Mexico. fishermen burn trash and carcasses at night.
Pacific Ocean, Off Magadalena Bay, Mexico. A Silky Shark as it died. Sharks are targeted for their meat, whichis sold all over mexico and fins for their fins for use in shark fin soup, a delicacy in Asia, but as they are slow-growing and slow to reproduce, they are vulnerable to overfishing. Recently the price for shark fins has fallen by 70% according to Wild Aid, a U.S. based NGO, because of several government bans and campaigns by conservationists.This fact has affected shark fishermen in Mexico, now they earn more from shark meat.
Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico. The sky at night in the middle of the sea.
Punta Arena, Baja California, Mexico. A shark fisherman or “Tiburonero” Comes back to his shack. Shark fishermen usually work 14 hours a day,They stay for long period of time away from their family, their camp are located in remote areas, difficult to reach. These fishermen in the last years have been hit hard by regulations by the Mexican government due to the increase in international policies for shark’s protection.
Punta Arena, Baja California, Mexico. The stomach of an hammerhead shark stabbed to death.
Punta Arena, Baja California, Mexico. Shark fishermen talk at night.
Punta Arena, Baja California, Mexico.
El Sargento, Baja California, Mexico. The grave of Larry Cosio Rosas, brother of Rey Cosio Rosas, a shark fisherman who died in 2013 during a shipwreck.
Sea of Cortez, Baja California, Mexico. a fishermen sets up the net for the night.
Born in Venice in 1988, Federico Vespignani after the graduation in photography at IED in Rome started working as freelance photographer. His recent works include reportage photography on PTSD in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Homophobia in Italy,fishermen on the Galician coast, the LGBT community in Jamaica and shark fishing in Mexico. Federico has been published in national and international titles including The New York Times, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, Manner, Il Reportage and Private Magazine among the others. He is contributor photographer for ParalleloZero photo agency.
He currently lives and works in Milan.
The word Evolution jumps out at us, it scares and divides us. I see it
as something that unites us.
Natural Selection is the mechanism that drives evolution, and the
evidence is everywhere; it surrounds us. I see it in the beautiful
fossils that I first saw in my youth in Western Kansas and in the
stare of a beautifully colored cassowary with its keratin crown. I
have become mesmerized by this connection that unites all.
The keen eye of science that helps in the understanding of the the
structure of our DNA, the building blocks of life, that Watson and
Crick showed us. The evidence lead from the fossils frozen in the past
to the million different kinds of beetles, some that are known to
occur in the sea and in the frozen polar regions. I needed to see the
connection that surrounds us every day and yet goes unnoticed by the
vast majority of the world’s population. Questions started to come:
Where was the largest forest in the world in the past?. The answer:
Saudi Arabia.That oil didn’t make itself. Why do South America and
Africa fit together like puzzle pieces from a child’s map? Because
they were connected at one time. Why do Bonobos and modern humans,
with the obvious differences, share over 99% of the same DNA? Because
we are cousins.
I do not pretend to answer any questions on the subject of Evolution,
but I think that the diversity and the beauty can cause one to stop
and take in the astonishing world we share.
FEATHER TYPE : Whole bird LATIN NAME: Ara ararauna ENGLISH NAME: Blue-and-yellow Macaw REGION: South America OTHER NOTES: Bird was shot under visible light. Further Information contact : Dr. Peter Mullen Kirchplatz 6 42489 Wuelfrath email: firstname.lastname@example.org cell: +491726411691 Carly 10 yr old Blue & Gold Macaw Owner George Van Glahn PH: 732 664 5638
Yniphora Tortoise Photographed in the World Museum of Natural History at La Sierra University in Riverside, CA
Retoucher: Eduardo Rubiano Scanner Operator: Ming Liu Scanner: Heidelberg 8200
QC/Retouched by CWL
Biomimetics, Fly Wing 2, biomimitecs MM7402
Golden Headed Quetzal (Pharomachus auriceps)
MUST GET PERMISSSION TO USE. email@example.com. Eoglaucidium sp. Messel, 47 mya (middle Eocene)
Windmill blades with tubacles based on Humpback whale arms are tested for efficiency at the Wind Energy Institute of Canada in North Cape, Prince Edward Island, Canada.
Photographed in the hall of extinction at the Paris Museum of Natural History, This monkey is now extinct. Shop Contact: Paris Museum of Natural History Unsure of Phone Number or Email.
Orangutans at Fort Wayne Zoo. contact: Cheryl Piropato Education Director Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo V 260.427.6803 F 260.427.6820 firstname.lastname@example.org Visit the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo online at www.kidszoo.org
Naked mole rat
Robert Clark is a freelance photographer based in New York City, working with the world’s leading magazines, publishers and cutting edge advertising campaigns, as well as the author of four monographs: Evolution A Visual Record, Feathers Displays of Brilliant Plumage, First Down Houston A Year with the Houston Texans and Image America – the first photography book shot solely with a cellphone camera.
His work regularly appears in National Geographic Magazine, and it
> appeared as well in other magazines such: Time, Sports Illustrated, French
> Geo and The New York Times Magazine. During his twenty-year association with National Geographic, Clark has photographed more than 40 stories. His cover article “Was Darwin Wrong?” helped National Geographic garner a National Magazine award in 2005. Early in his career, Clark documented the lives of high school football players for the book Friday Night Lights. In 2003, the Museum of Fine Arts Houston brought Clark back to Texas to capture the first year of the new NFL team, the Houston Texans. Clark recently directed the short film “8 Seconds” as part of an advertorial campaign for Russell Athletic.
Clark lives in Brooklyn with his wife and daughter, and is the owner of Ten Ton Studio in the Brooklyn Navy Yards.
Glints of sun | photo by @alistairkeddieI’d like to finish my diary by saying what a privilege its been to have been asked to contribute to Burn during the past week, and especially to have brought in the New Year from here in NZ. Its been an awesome start to the year for me and I want to say thanks to @burndiary and all who follow this feed for the support, encouragement, likes and follows you’ve given me. It is very much appreciated. I’ll leave off with this shot taken recently on an earlier commute through Auckland as a symbol I suppose of transformation and the power of photography to transcend the everyday. Thank you very much and have an awesome 2017!
Gate to work | photo by @alistairkeddieSecond to last post taken this morning standing outside of the front gate to work. Bit more real down here in South Auckland and been working here since arriving in New Zealand five years ago. Working as a product photographer and listings designer for online sales and shooting everything from small toys to imported caravans. Sometimes I miss the great outdoors and freedom of the road…
Commute to work | photo by @alistairkeddieMonday morning here in NZ and back to reality with a return to work after two weeks off. I used to drive but traffic got so bad I walk the 4 kilometres into town and catch the train. Been doing this for the last year and find the commute generally to be my space to make and create throughout the working week. Taking more or less the same route to and fro through Auckland each day, and with limited time to stop, its become about the challenges of maintaining an ongoing practice and transforming the everyday into something fulfilling and new. Not always easy and as much about constraint as it is creative freedom. This will be my last day of posting to @burndiary and seems fitting to start winding things up with this return to the ordinary.
Fuel Ship, Auckland | photo by @alistairkeddie
Tank Farm, Auckland | photo by @alistairkeddie
Harbour Bridge, Auckland | photo by @alistairkeddie
Sky Tower, Auckland | photo by @alistairkeddiePosted more shots today than usual celebrating I guess last day of freedom and back to work tomorrow. Signing off tonight with another couple of shots today from Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter and continuing the theme with colour.
Hot dog van, Auckland | photo by @alistairkeddieOn the grounds of Auckland domain next to the museum.