panos skoulidas – heat advisory

A fan against intense heat for a heart patient... no air conditioning in apartment - SA Texas

Or a few minutes in the swimming pool is ok as long as he stays protected by the sun, 110F - SA Texas 2011

 

Panos Skoulidas

Heat Advisory

assignment

The US drought of 2011 will go down in history as one of the most severe natural disasters in decades. Beyond the financial impacts to farmers and ranchers, there is also a more far reaching impact to the overall quality of life to the inhabitants of the affected regions. As temperatures soar to over 100 degrees day after day for months on end, daily tasks become physical dares made between yourself and the heat. Pets, children, even the young and healthy struggle.

Shane Azar is 43. He is not healthy. Diabetic, overweight and recovering from recent open heart surgery, Shane has become a prisoner to the heat. Doctors have advised him to avoid the scorching sun because of potentially fatal reactions with his medications. His world is limited to the bed, a treasured fan, and a 5 minute daily dip in the pool in an effort to preserve his sanity.

 

218 Responses to “panos skoulidas – heat advisory”


  • Just back from holidays in Ireland were we had some decent weather. No where near as hot as is suggested in these images where I feel the oppression and claustrophobia quite intensely. Poor fella!

  • Perfect.

  • Yea, great stuff. The top one especially. Beautiful photograph of a human body. The second one is funny. One might conclude that he’s been beating the heat by drinking Olympian quantities of lite beer.

  • Is he taking anything for that bladder problem?

  • Glad you did not find the second shot too daring in bad taste this time, David….

    I like the implication from the text put next to the picture, that consumerism (maybe feeding, too much, or too badly) will not spare you from suffering in this life.
    Panos, have you told Shane about Thailand? Same heat, same pool, but affordable air-con, non fattening food, and a chance of a smile on his face :-)))

  • Good morning everyone from Venice Beach!
    Later I will link here all info I found.. Statistics, Heat related deaths..soaring triple digits, worst Drought in Texas in last decades..and much more.. In the meantime Texas governor- future president??? Asked from Texans to prey non stop for 3 days hoping for rain.. More more more soon!

    Irony is that I shot the Texas photos few hours before I make it back to venice Beach.. And now here in the Beach , I got so lucky shooting the SURF..11 feet waves in Santa Monica and venice , 60F , the biggest waves venice seen in 20 years and one day ago… Just a day ago I was boiling in 110F Texas intense Heat.. Strange…!!!
    Nature is powerful .. Either way.. HEAT or HURRICANE? what’s your preference???
    Nature is the Ultimate Beast!

  • I really feel for that fella! yikes!
    I want to see more….hurry Panos.

    “HEAT or HURRICANE? what’s your preference???”

    a dry winter… but joking aside I will take a hurricane. It passes you by if you are lucky but there is no scaping the heat!

    Herve,

    well Thai cuisine relies heavily on coconut milk no?
    plus all those fried goodies you find all over the streets can make you bigger than that dude in no time if you are not careful. There are some obese people in Thailand…not everyone is thin.

  • Good start Panos, hope to see this develop. Jim P has written here about the debilitating effects of continuous heat in Texas and your photographs bear this out. One of the major stories of our time is Global Warming: I hope you get to tell the story of Global Warming Texas.

    Mike.

  • But…..
    what i wanna know is…
    why does he sleep with a gallon of milk in his hand?
    **

  • Wendy,

    it must be water that he uses to cool himself down with the fan.

  • i can go on and on and on and on with links with HEAT RELATED deaths but im sure anyone can find even better info and statistics out there…i’d welcome more info/links if u, my friends out there can find more info..

    Michael K, thank u for the link… yes TRUE STORY: mr. RICK PERRY , Texan governor , he declared state of emergency and 3 days of INTENSE PRAYER TO ASK GOD FOR RAIN!!!!!!!!!!?????????????
    does this sounds like 2011 to you???

  • Wendy, its not milk,,….! its just tap water!

  • Carlo, thanks , yes indeed! water…water and meds meds meds!!!!!!

  • for high blood pressure, for Diabetes2, and much more that is after OPEN HEART SURGERY related stuff…
    He had 2-3 holes in his heart since birth…
    The Weather in San Antonio Texas can easily “kill” someone in Shane’s condition in minutes!

  • water…
    makes a lot more sense….
    Hoping he is ok….
    that 1st image speaks volumes…..
    YIKES!!!!
    ***

  • http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/texas-drought-heatwave-continues-people-hope-hurricane-brings/story?id=14431205

    “Coyotes are stealing watermelons from backyard gardens, bees are attacking joggers trying to quench their thirst from drinking fountains, fighting for precious drops of water.

    Texas state officials are planning now how to evacuate several endangered species at risk because of the record drought. The state is home to 86 threatened species.

    Parched skies and relentless 100 degree heat are turning this summer into one of the worst in history here…”

  • Look at these records from just these past days:

    000
    SXUS74 KFWD 021448
    RERDFW

    RECORD EVENT REPORT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FORT WORTH TX
    948 AM CDT FRI SEP 2 2011

    …RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE AT DALLAS/FORT WORTH…

    THE LOW TEMPERATURE THIS MORNING AT DFW AIRPORT WAS 83 DEGREES.
    ALTHOUGH PRELIMINARY THROUGH MIDNIGHT CST…THIS WOULD SET A NEW
    RECORD HIGH MINIMUM FOR SEPTEMBER 2. THE STANDING RECORD IS 82
    DEGREES IN 1951.

    $$

    25

    [top]

    000
    SXUS74 KAMA 020655
    RERAMA

    RECORD EVENT REPORT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AMARILLO TX
    133 AM CDT THU SEP 1 2011

    …RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE TIED AT AMARILLO…

    A RECORD HIGH MINIMUM TEMPERATURE OF 71 DEGREES WAS TIED AT AMARILLO
    YESTERDAY SEPTEMBER 1. THIS TIES THE OLD RECORD SET IN 1922.

    $$

    KNS

    [top]

    000
    SXUS74 KAMA 020643
    RERDHT

    RECORD EVENT REPORT
    NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AMARILLO TX
    143 AM CDT FRI SEP 02 2011

    …RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE SET AT DALHART…

    A RECORD HIGH TEMPERATURE OF 99 DEGREES WAS SET AT DALHART
    YESTERDAY. THIS BREAKS THE OLD RECORD OF 97 SET IN 2000.

    $$

    KNS

    full report with updates here Panos:

    http://www.weather.gov/view/prodsByState.php?state=TX&prodtype=public

  • great one-two punch…..really love the 1st image alot….the delerium of the fan, the swell of his innocent and loving vulnerability of his body, the innocence of the damn pillow covering his genitals (or maybe in that heat the fan is turned up to 11 and thus protecting those innocent jewells)…the scar after his surgery, and the angle you’ve shot it, …loving, innocent and also incredibly vulnerable….a very very strong picture Panos, that doesn’t even need the explanations to evoke it’s power and emotion..

    .and love the green in both, typing up both….

    and Panos, I’ve always hoped you’d share the film you made about Shane and his surgery….even more powerful having seen the film….

    congratulations….it is what you do best, much more so than just all the pics of beer in venice…it is your open heart (so much different that the web persona) in your picture taking that always sings to me….as if in a sense in the best of your work, you always see your own reluctant but widely giving heart…

    thanks for sharing Panos…and congrats on the publication…

    each time i see the numbers, i also think of you and brother Lance…

    cheers
    hugs
    b

  • Panos,

    Love it – especially the first shot! What I want to know is, why no A/C? The apartment looks like a decent place, and has a pool – is the A/C broken, or an older apartment that does not have air conditioning? If so, is it the expense that makes it prohibitive for Shane? The reason I ask is that air conditioning would seem to be a must in Texas, and window units large enough to cool an apartment are very reasonable now… Just curious…

  • And people wonder why I chose to live in Alaska… beautiful summer here… broke 70 several times…

    Excellent shot, Panos. I remember days like that, down in Southern Arizona.

  • Justin, excellent question.
    Yes there IS air conditioner in apt.. But but but, Shane has tremendous medical bills, barely anything left for rent, not working (hair dresser) too much and his power bill in Texas can be up to $200 if he use it.. Btw, air condition old, I wonder if it even works properly .. but honest truth can’t afford bills, especially after roomate left…

  • Panos,

    Thanks for your answer. True, that old A/C might be so inefficient that it would cost him dearly just to keep his apartment at a decent temperature.

  • Bobus,
    Yes the movie.. Should I? Should I not? Should I? Hmmm… Gotta think about that… Thank u for good words , as always ..

    Bill… yes now I know why ALASKA!!!!

    Thank u all from Venice Beach!!!! Best surf ever..
    One love from the Cadillac Hotel..
    My AVALON!!!

  • very nice Panos, particularly the first one!

  • brother Panos:

    the film…at some point, yes i think you should…i don’t think you should in this context, because it’s different set of circumstances….and David done did right by putting both of these pictures together on the heels of Irene, pic of Michelle and the Tribes picture…threading through all these: the story of families and people in the face of Mother Earth and her power….so, i’d say instead to show more pics from this series or whatever you’ve shot relating to the Texas fire drought…

    that first picture is a powerful single…and the dual (your humor) just adds so much to the vulnerability to both…and that’s wonderful….so the film another time….

    so happy to see these 2….and the first brings a profound humanity to what ordinary folk struggle with beyond the fallen-on-deaf-ears of the political prayers…..

    like i said, what is always best about the best of your work is your connection and your heart to those you shoot and are connected with….

    ok, gotta fly….family to attend :))

  • Your a great storyteller. Both images are very strong and taken with by with great love for the subject and lets not forget humor it makes this life so livable. But you know that already.

  • Ok bob … I’m about to bite..
    I have a whole essay ready about 50 photos.. Visited remote lakes and out of this world Texas heat little towns and ghost villages ..
    I gotta talk with Maestro first though coz I don’t want to MIX or confuse anyone bringing the DROUGHT in the picture while my assignment was HEAT…
    I ain’t gonna lie here although I’d love too: I did a lot of work on the TEXAS DROUGHT which u will see sooner or later but
    But, but , … My assignment was HEAT ! not DROUGHT!
    but again , TEXAS DROUGHT, 2011.. historic.. Crazy , unbearable even if YOU ARE THE MOST FIT, stronger person, athletic etc.. In this world..
    It’s still a challenge..
    Now imagine if you/anyone is/are a heart patient or a sick, patient of any kind…!!!

  • And for the history! Both of photos above are about 48 hours old!
    Big hug!

  • Damn, I wish I could pee like that. Looks like Lee should help Shane cool down. Thanks Panos.

  • Pomara, Akaky, yes, lol, thanks!

    Carsten, ALL, thank you!

  • panos :)

    u did your assignment grand…it’s a great series about HEAT, …..heat and common folk….

    now, the maestro is chief, but damn, i’d love also to see a 50 picture essay too about the heat and drought from skoulidas perspective…..then again, i aint the ordinary reader/viewer…give me long, give me wide :))))….

    actually, as i told u once long ago, i’d love to see an entire story on shane…what he’s been through, all he fought back death, and how he’s surving in TX…..

    either way, you brought us a photograph that is about heat and also about more: intimacy and vulnerability…..fan, jug of water, pillow between the legs, cell phone, remote and an ashtray filled with cigarettes from a coronary patient……

    the heartbreak of our lives lived

    word

  • Great photos, Panos. The air conditioners have been running here non-stop all day and most of the night all summer. Breaks my heart to see the man suffering so much. Hard to stand up to this heat even if you are healthy. We are supposed to get some relief from the heat here in SE Texas this weekend. Highs of 87 to 90 degrees the next several days are predicted (much better than the 101 to 105 we’ve had all summer. Lows getting down into the mid 60′s. Hope San Antonio gets some relief as well. Unfortunately, the tropical storm is going into Louisiana and wan’t give us much rain relief.

    Would love to see you entire coverage of Texas heat and drought.

  • Jim, yes!
    In our building, St.Benedicts, dwntn SA, energy efficient building btw, is “burning”- air condition on 24/7, regardless bills etc.. Survive first, pay later..
    And JIM thank you for confirming the situation coz you are born and raised (I think ) Texan , so you know , and your testimony here is important.. Yea it’s not “just another hot summer in Texas,it’s the REAL THING.. no joke… Dangerous but as DAH would say: also beautiful, lovely, interesting, amazing, blah blah.. And yes I do suffer when my friends suffer, and I’m not happy, not at all that one of my fav cities in the world like San Antonio is in such a big “weather trouble”…!

  • And I’ll br back in San antonio next Wednesday and I hope that the tropical storm “Lee” would come yo Texas and not ignore us again choosing another OBX hurricane appearance ..!:(
    TEXAS NEEDS/ demands RAIN…NOW!!!!!!

  • “that 1st image speaks volumes…..”

    About a gallon,actually. :)

    Well done,Panos.Like Jim and,I imagine most here, would really like to see your full take on ‘heat’.

    Mark

  • mtomalty
    LOL!!!
    LOVE it!
    ha ha ha ha ha!!
    :)

  • The colors and white balance give this an everyday misery kind of feeling — well done.

  • first photo shot in 0’7” of a sec of F4 voigtlander skopar that om m8 is 27mm…
    it was around 12pm, noon, time that Shane usually gets “eventually” out of bed…
    pool shot was about an hour later..same lens , around F8, iso160..
    tech talk?

  • Panos – seems to me that “drought” fits right into the subject of heat…

  • And people wonder why we do the siesta thing over here in the Mediterranean area and have kids out of school for 3 months straight in summer… heath killing mostly elderly people and/or those with health conditions, like Shane..

    First shot is simply great, Panos!

  • Uncle P.

    tell Shane to go under water like me.
    it’s fun.
    you can see funny stuff.

    my grandmommy.her name is Vissaria too.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/62084163@N06/6107815433/in/photostream

    Uncle P. say hi to Shane,to Kim and to my friends in venice.

  • geez..what kinda camera is this u using under water Vissaria?

  • http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

    The data cutoff for Drought Monitor maps is Tuesday at 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The maps, which are based on analysis of the data, are released each Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

    NOTE: To view regional drought conditions, click on map below. State maps can be accessed from regional maps.

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