Federico Vespignani is an Italian photographer born and raised in Venice. He studied visual arts at IED in Rome, Upon graduation, he begun working as a freelance photographer for editorial and corporate clients. His latest works resolve about the...
Focus:Photographer, Photojournalist, Filmmaker, Street Art, Writer, Videographer, Entertainment, Travel, Sports, Video Editor, Environment, Photo Assistant, Documentary
Skills:Image Archiving, Digital Printing, Audio Recording, Photo Assisting, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Adobe Premier, Apple Final Cut Pro, Photo Editing, Black & White Printing, Photojournalism, Video Editing, Visual Effects
Reyes Cosio Rosas, 28 years old shark hunter, while listening to the sound of the whales to figure out where to cast the net. Whales pose the biggest danger to fishermen: if a single whale hit the net it could drag the boat into the abyss.
A Silky Shark (Carcharhinus falciformis) swims freely in the open water. This shark is widely distributed in continental and insular shelves and the oceanic water adjacent to them, However nowadays Silky shark is listed as Near Threatened (NT) according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) for the high demand of his fin and meat.
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.
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.
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 shark is now classified as "near-threatened" on the IUCN Red List.
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.
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 and their camp are located in remote areas, difficult to reach.
"You have to understand that it can happen and you'll never know when. I’ve understood this when my brother never came back and I made peace with fear" tells Reyes Cosio Rosas a shark hunter from El Sargento, a small fishing village in Baja California. Every night he faces the dark waters of the Sea of Cortez for a living.
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 dramatically affected its delicate ecosystem. For more than a decade the community of shark fishermen or "Tiburoneros" from El Sargento has been forced to migrate to the Pacific side of the Baja peninsula, due to the state of the Sea of Cortez. They spend 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 what keeps you alive can also kill you.