Middle Aged Men And The Sea

I love to fish. Always have. Mom taught me to flyfish when I was really young. Like a lot of other things these days, I don’t get a lot of time to do it, so I gotta make time. But every now and then I get to at least photograph other people who are fishing.
But these guys are not fishing for fun, they are fishing for a living, and as you can imagine, there is a huge difference.

These guys live and work near Bahia Kino on the Sea of Cortez. I was initially drawn there to see if I could photograph the abalone divers who work off of Isla Tiburon(Shark Island), and hopefully one day I will be able to return and do this. But on this trip we just didn’t have the time required so I ended up spending what time I had with the guys who fished for fish.

These guys were great, allowed me to do whatever I wanted. I got up early, before sunrise and made my way down to the water. They were making their way in and I took a few moments to snap a few images. I like these images, these rounded corner, Kodachrome images, simply because they represent a lifestyle I admire and they remind me of the fragile nature of our world, our sea and our future. For me there isn’t anything better than getting up with the sun and making pictures. The noise of the day hasn’t begun and the light has direction and color and there seems to be a permission to enjoy this time, and to make pictures.

These were done many years ago and I wonder where these guys are now. I wonder how the catch is today. I wonder what their future holds.

Maybe one day I’ll drive back down and bring these images, see who is around and how their life has changed.

3 responses to “Middle Aged Men And The Sea”

  1. Marc says:


    This is a really good story. But maybe I’m biased – I always love seeing great photographs of people at work with their hands. There’s something real, humbling and emotional about it. Well done.

    • smogranch says:

      Me too. I like “working” images. Our family did a fair amount of that, so I’m use to being around labor type things, fishing, farming, ranching, etc. But, I’m easy, I like images of most everything.

  2. Eric Labastida says:

    I love, and remember when I first saw these, Dan. I miss real color. Btw, I know EXACTLY where these pictures were taken. I spent many a Erniexpedition in these parts. If you ever wanna go back, I would love to tag along.

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