MARCH 4, 2015 - Mixed Roots
Photograph by Felipe Jacome
The mangroves of the Cayapas Mataje Mangrove Reserve in northwestern Ecuador are the tallest in the world. The area is home to many Afro-Ecuadorian communities who rely on gathering black cockles that can be found in the mud of the mangroves and sold as a culinary delicacy. Picking shells is a tremendously arduous task, as concheroshave to crouch down for hours in knee-deep mud.
See more images from Felipe Jacome’s photo essay, “Lord of the Mangroves,” on Proof.