Espiritu Santo

Isla Espiritu Santo, Baja California Sur, Mexico
Client: Chaco Footwear
January 2019

There are still uninhabited places - sanctuaries where nature is free to do its thing unobstructed by human development. Espiritu Santo is one of them (specifically a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve.) We spent four days camped out on its shores, sea kayaking, hiking, snorkeling, and fishing. The unfettered abundance of wildlife provided constant curiosities. There, in the Sea of Cortez, food is so bountiful that manta rays gather and jump from the ocean - whole schools of flying tortillas with tails. We encountered pufferfish puttering along in the shallows and pelicans dive bombing school of sardines. In preparation for the launch of Chaco’s Summer ‘19 Catalog, our crew of writers and photographers were brought to share in the idyllic landscape where land meets sea and amphibious footwear reigns supreme.

All images are on 35mm.


Special thanks to
Backbone Media for producing the project. To Carson Brown for his encouragement and collaboration. And to Chaco Footwear for being a company that financially supports the protection of wild places like this through their sponsorships of OCEANA and the Conservation Alliance.