By the end of July 2017, a heatwave the Italians dubbed il lucifero had been cooking Europe for two months. In Cortona, daily 100°F temperatures and a relentless drought steadily drained the landscape of green. In August I took a trip to Venezia, then another to the Basilicata and Puglia regions, and found relentless heat waiting at every stop.

These images are from those travels, plus a few more taken after returning to Toscana. I processed them in monochrome for formal reasons: to pull more tones from the highlights and shadows, hopefully expanding the complexity of the value structure. But I think these shots also end up suggesting the various degrees of il lucifero heat.

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