“If I was waiting for a supernatural revelation I would rather cross the desert. The sun stunning to my temples like a gong, the sand crunching under my feet -knowing that each step takes me a little closer to salvation-. And yet, I stop to consider the mirage of staying here where I truly belong. And, if eventually, I make out the top of palm trees, later on, below the stars and curl up next to the wells, I will dream of snakes rolled up to my legs dragging me home”.
Canícula, or Dog Days in English, is the on-going series by Spanish photographer Cheo Diez. From June to September, and only between the hours of 11:00 and 15:00, Diez makes photographs during the most blinding and scorching time of the year. Interested in the Poetry of wide open spaces and the landscape of the Spaghetti western (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, Once Upon A Time in the West and For A Few More Dollars were all filmed along the coast in Almeria), he sets out to capture the sensory experience of walking in the desert around Orihuela in Alicante.
You can see more work from Cheo Diez on his blog here.