As I was perusing the Rose Bowl flea market one sunny Sunday, I met a kindly gentleman who bestowed these amazing antique hand puppets who were worse for wear. I decided to photograph them and they soon became close confidantes revealing their incredible story with me. And now, I share with you dear reader this miniseries titled, Heatstroke.
These portraits are of the infamous melodramatic opera troupe known as Infinito Fantasma, who are eternally devoted to the stage and their craft. They once performed onstage nonstop through the sweltering heat wave of 1896 which left them much changed in appearance but unwavering in their love of showmanship. They continue to perform tragicomedies worldwide until this day.