Sulfur Miners

Java Island, Indonesia

I thought I was into one of Dante's Circles of Hell. As a vision from Inferno, these men's torment is to carry inhuman loads of sulfur on their shoulders, from the bottom to the peak of a volcanic crater. At Kawah Ijen, toxic fumes only increase the miners' torture. A natural Heaven and a human Hell.

A silent hero, walking in slow motion, shifts the heavy load from one shoulder to the other at every step, always looking down, focused on the next step. Enveloped in a toxic cloud, instead of wearing a gas mask he breathes through the mouth biting a damp rag.