The Czech Repub­lic

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hides a lot of un­com­fort­ably creepy scenery be­hind its seem­ingly be­nign bor­ders—fore­bod­ing Gothic cas­tles over­look­ing steam­ing, toxic fac­to­ries, acres of di­lap­i­dated ware­houses, haunts of com­mu­nism’s in­deli­ble past com­bined with raw, un­re­stricted nat­u­ral beauty. It’s un­tapped.

So, Erik Irmisch and I hunted to find this par­tic­u­larly har­row­ing back­drop of chis­eled faces. Any­thing goes in the Czech Repub­lic so we erected a kicker and found the right fo­liage to frame this omi­nous shot. We spent an en­tire day on lo­ca­tion be­fore driv­ing two-and-a-half hours through eerie mist only to un­dergo ev­ery­thing again at first light. Thank­fully, Irmisch is al­ways down and he nailed it right as the sun’s early rays started fir­ing.

PHOTO: NATHAN HUGHES

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