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The images in the photo series titled Fatescapes by Pavel Maria Smejkal, a photographer born in Ostrava, Czech Republic, is at once familiar and alien. That is because it revolves around iconic images of moments that have shaped the course of human history. From the raising of the United States flag on Mount Suribachi in Iwo Jima to the capture of a fallen confederate soldier in Devil’s Den, Gettysberg, the images have been tweaked to erase any human trace.
The result is a haunting series of images that bring to light the geographical plainness of sites that hold such enormous historical importance in the world. Fatescapes by Pavel Maria Smejkal forces people to embrace a new perspective on wars, showing that it is the people that make them, not anything inanimate like land.