Fields of Battle, Lands of Peace 14-18

PhotographerMike St Maur Sheil
PrizeHonorable Mention
City/CountryBuckland, United Kingdom
Photo Date2005-2015
Entry Description

One hundred years ago the world was plunged into a global conflict that killed over nine million men. Industrial warfare wreaked havoc upon the environment, leaving nothing but ‘bare country … the miles and miles of torn earth, the barbed wire, the dead trees’. A survivor of that horror predicted that, ’the country would come back to life, the grass would grow again, the wild flowers return, and trees where now there were only splintered skeleton stumps’. These photographs are a reflection upon that vision of a better future and seek to document how time and nature have transformed these battlefields and their gruesome past into landscapes of great peace and beauty.