Christian Cortés is a self-taught photographer. He was born in Puerto Rico and spent his first years in its rural tropical hills, in the same village where his family has lived for centuries. He spent his days chasing lizards, picking fresh mangoes from trees, and watching his grandfather dry hand-picked coffee beans in the sun.
Christian was raised in Georgia and attended the Virginia Military Institute. Upon graduating from college, he was commissioned as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. In September 2012, Christian found himself patrolling on foot in the searing heat of the Dasht-e-Margo, the Desert of Death in Helmand Province, Afghanistan. As his boots crunched through the dry sand, his gloved hands grasped his rifle tightly, and bearded villagers stared warily at his group of U.S. Marines. Photography was the last thing on his mind. However, the experience of being immersed in a completely different culture, seemingly a lifetime away from home, was too compelling to resist. At that moment Christian knew he was destined to explore the world and share its beauty with others.
Since then, Christian has relentlessly ventured through some of the most interesting and remote places on the planet. He knew he wanted to somehow share his experiences with others. After years of struggling to find the best way to do it, one day he picked up a DSLR camera borrowed from a friend. After experimenting a bit, he realized the power this tool could give him. Since then he has thrown himself headlong into studying the art of photography, with the aim of documenting the beauty and reality of our world.
Christian is an avid outdoorsman, and loves spending his free time in the ocean and mountains. He loves sampling exotic cuisines, meeting new people around the world, and learning about the history and culture of every place he visits. He does it all with a healthy dose of humility, acerbic sarcasm, and genuine curiosity. He now calls Arizona home.