Ordinary settings become notable and striking backdrops to viral photographs which forever shape the world’s history. What happens when these images are revisited and manipulated? Would their meanings change? Or would they remain the same? Find out more about this rendition (and a bonus game!) after the stop.
54-year old isual artist Pavel Maria Smejkal made a series of rendered images, called Fatescapes or Fateful Countries, which consists of some of the most iconic photographs in history — with their resonant subjects ‘Photoshopped’ (or digitally deleted) out of them, leaving only the scene as it might have appeared seconds before or after the photographer passed by.
“I remove the central motifs from historical documentary photographs. I use images that have become our cultural heritage, that constitute memory of nations, serve as symbols or tools of propaganda and exemplify a specific approach to photography,” Smejkal wrote in an e-mail.
These reimagined landscapes, even with heavy and obvious alterations, still remain indelible and interesting to us because they already became so familiar and remarkable to us. Their original versions are so powerful that they remain significant to us even with the subjects removed. These images are undeniably suggestive of our fateful past and are considered to be a reflections of various “moments of truth.” With these said, it is also relevant to say that the historical importance of the photographs resonate due to their iconic and moral status.
Indeed, Smejkal’s Fatescapes is a very compelling and thought-provoking series, especially for us, film photographers and Lomographers, who minimally make use of photo-manipulation applications. However, the artist provokes us to think that before and after every chaos in the world, there is always calmness and redemption… and that the human race is capable of reigniting peace.
What are your thoughts on these images? Were you able to recognize each historical photograph? Or are you clueless? No need to search elsewhere! Our *Influential Photographs Series* right here on Lomography’s Magazine might be able to help you figure out which is which.
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