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“Every moment represents an opportunity to capture something new. Creativity only occurs if you are constantly searching for that special image”.

Chris Nova | Photographer

Originally from Mexico City, Chris Cortes graduated with a degree in communications from Tecnologico de México. After completing his studies, Chris found a form of expression in photography.  “Inspiration must find you while working.”

I make a trip every year with friends. On this occasion, we went to see gray whales in the port of Adolfo Lopez Mateos, in Comondu. It was my first time in this municipality. The meeting itself, I must confess, was not what we expected. We had to keep a certain distance away and, out of the same respect for nature, could not touch the whales. Afterward, we decided to take a tour of the different nearby islands.

On the way, the boat captain suddenly stopped and pointed out a pack of coyotes. There were about eight animals. To be honest, I didn’t even know that there were coyotes in this part of the world, much less that they could survive on an island!

The coyotes began to move away from the boat, but one in particular stared at us. He had been enjoying a shark’s head some fisherman undoubtedly left on the beach. I carefully photographed him from a distance while the other members of the pack rested nearby. The most important thing in nature photography is not to invade the space while capturing the moment in its natural environment.

What motivated you to participate in the contest of Tendencia’s anniversary?

This is the first time I entered a contest and what motivated me most was that it was for a local magazine. Showing the beauty of this destination is something that fascinates me. What I have been doing with the camera is what I enjoy.”

Did you expect to win with this picture?

I didn’t expect this picture to be the winner! It was one of my favorites, but I didn’t imagine that this one would win.

What attracted you to Baja California Sur?

It was a mutual discovery. About five years ago, I arrived in Baja California Sur and have not been able to move away since. Photography was the medium that allowed me to explore this place. It is a destination that attracts and captures you.

Who photographers you admire?

I have met many fellow photographers in this place, among them are David Valencia, Regy Domingues, David Serradel, Jehoshaphat de la Toba and Oscar Ortíz. I am impressed by their work and how each tells stories through photography. In the future, I see myself making a documentary and photographing the South California peninsula even more.

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