“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.
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.
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.