Steam tower n.1 | Geotermica Potenza


Steam tower n.1

Silver gelatine print on baryta paper fiber based, untoned, archivally processed

Size of image: 49,8 x 53.7 cm

Size of sheet: 50,8 W x 54.7 H cm (includes 1 cm of white border all around)

Year created (print): 2015

Limited Edition of 10

Unframed, signed, with certificate of authenticity


Silver gelatine print from the project ‘Geotermica Potenza’.

Geotermica Potenza project

A documentation work on geothermal plants By ENEL in Tuscany. Tuscany is a land of underground activity from geysers. Since decades, the former national electric company ENEL, now private, is collecting natural made underground steam and brings it to plants where all that power is transformed into electricity.

The dedicated areas of such a geothermal activity are located in the wildest core of Tuscany, where woods and hills dominate the landscape as far as the eye can see, where no human-made lights are visible by night, so wild the areas are. These areas are located in among the provinces of Pisa, Siena and Grosseto, with Larderello as main town where ENEL’s button room is and where everything started decades ago with Mr. François Jacques de Larderel opening the very first plant here.

I like the look of these plants, especially because they are fitted in a area of Tuscany covered of hills and woods, very green and also quite uninhabited. The geometry produced by the shape of the towers, blended with the silhouette of the pipes, makes me thinking at some alien space ships ready to take off from the Earth, But I was in a wild range in Tuscany.

About this picture

This specific image is representing a cooling tower for the hot steam that springs from underground, in the region of “Colline Metallifere” in Tuscany.

The picture was taken with a 4×5″ view camera on Efke Infrared Aura black and white film, to date discontinued. This image is printed on Adox MCC110 silver-gelatine classic black and white fiber-based paper by myself in my lab.

Choice of paper and finish

Most of the prints from this project are made on Adox MCC110 fiber-based (FB) baryta paper, glossy finish. Indeed the finish of this print does not look glossy, and it is nor matt, nor satin, nor velvet. It’s Michele’s style, because I print on ‘glossy’ FB papers but I don’t glaze my prints. Instead I process them in a rotative hot dryer face down to canvas, so the finished surface looks grainy and shiny at the same time, but glossy.

Archival processing

The print undergoes an archival processing specifically designed for this kind of photographic printing process. Archival processing is designed to extend life of the print to the maximum possible.

Nevertheless it is recommended to showcase the work of art away from direct sunlight.

Selling and shipping details

This work of art is sold without the frame. The price is for print only. The frame is available for sale and it is listed on this website shop.

Ships in a tube, worldwide.

Copyright, watermark and seal

All photos on this website are copyrighted © Michele Pero, all rights are reserved, copying and/or downloading is forbidden.

Watermark on images – if displayed – is for digital protection purpose only. The original piece comes without watermark.

FB baryta prints are not marked by press seal. They are signed on the front edge and on the back, which includes the number of the print, for to certify the work of art.


Additional information

Weight0,5 kg