A portrait of Miguel, in the land where he was born and still lives, San Jose de Gracia, Baja California, Mexico, January, 17th, 2021. From 2006 to today, the community has lost 60 members and has a population of 12 today.
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An aerial view of San Jose de Gracia - a community nestled in the middle of the Pacific coast of Baja California, Mexico. The community claims that it was founded 200 years ago, but today they are only 12 members living there full time. As with many other small communities, water is the reason why they are able to settle and live in their surroundings. However the rainy season has shifted, leaving their community without a waterfall going off the canyon as one used to be.
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Chuy Rojas holds a piece of guaco in a ranch in San Ignacio, Baja California, Mexico, December 31st, 2021. The native plant grows in the hills of the desert. They have been relying on this herb during Covid-19 times.
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Crecencia was born, raised and had her own children in the community that once was her home. She moved away from the community to raise her own children, but now she finds herself returning. Her knowledge for the area, especially the herbs and plants is deep. She wonders what would happen with the place once the land is passed to the younger generation.
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All the young families migrated away from the community leaving empty classrooms and abandoned houses. The future of the younger generation is uncertain, pushing them to migrate to other cities, and even countries, finding new ways of life.
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Felipe and Olga, have been experiencing a big change in their life. What once was a quiet life full of rich fish is now a struggle to make a living. There are no more fish, Felipe says. Migration has already impacted many people in Central America. Because Baja California is a borderland, it is expected that increased border stress between Mexico and the United States will be felt due to the severe effects of climate change in parts of Central America.
Awake in the Desert Land is an ongoing photography project documenting how climate change is uprooting small, inland, and coastal communities in Baja California, Mexico, that depend directly on natural resources to survive and thereby threaten cultural heritage.
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