Seville is probably the hottest city in Europe. For most of the summer, temperatures remain above 40 °C. In the summer months, the locals avoid going out during the hottest part of the day. Only tourists with a thirst for sightseeing dare to take on the hot Sevillian summer. Many keep to the shade as they walk, but some areas offer no shelter and gestures of heat seem to become gestures of anxiety.
’42 °C’ shows passers-by emerging from the shadows into the light at precisely that orange dividing line where the scorching luminescence of summer splits in two – light and shadow – the streets of Seville, where the two join in battle every afternoon.
People crossing through the bright suffocating heat of 42 degrees centigrade interact with each other through gestures and inquiring glances. Summer’s combatants, they have coincided at the exact vertex which separates what the shadows hide and the light makes visible.
More images from 42 °C and other projects on www.espaliu.com. Manolo Espaliu (born 1970) is from Seville, Spain and his professional background is not related to photography, except for specific collaborations with media in Spanish newspapers and travel & outdoor magazines.