My daughter, Brianna
Lensbaby Composer Pro
Double Glass Optics/4
Canon Rebel Xti
Shot in monochrome/manual exp.
Natural window lighting

[story behind shot]

Cornelia Corrie Ten Boom (Amsterdam, April 15, 1892 – Orange, California, April 15, 1983) was a Dutch Christian, who with her father and other family members helped many Jews escape the Nazi Holocaust during World War II. Her family was arrested due to an informant in 1944, and her father died 10 days later at Scheveningen prison where they were first held. A sister, brother and nephew were released, but Corrie and her sister Betsie were sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp, where only Corrie survived.

Ten Boom wrote numerous books and spoke frequently in the postwar years about her experiences. She aided Holocaust survivors. She wrote an autobiography, The Hiding Place (1971), about her experiences.


Although I’m not Jewish, and have no relatives that have been in concentration and death camps, the Holocaust continues to grip me, and much of my work reflects a similar environment. Tragic, but not without hope.

Large Mounted print w/Black Border

Extra Large Canvas

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  • Donna19
    Donna19over 2 years ago

    I have read this many times and have such an appreciation for her work as well the people who suffer the atrocities. I am moved by the image. Your daughter has capture the expression which really moves a heart. Thank you for the revisit to Corrie. xoxo

  • rav1221
    rav1221over 2 years ago

    A powerful story to go along with a moving image, I love the lighting since it hits the right side of the face and breaks away into darkness to the left it adds mystery and a dark ambiance. Your daughter is beautiful and looks very much like you

  • ozzzywoman
    ozzzywomanover 2 years ago

    That is such a beautiful portrait, the lensbaby is perfect for this!

  • banrai
    banraiover 2 years ago

    indeed she looks like you…. good shot

  • Ogre
    Ogreover 2 years ago

    I’ve heard the stories, Hon…Dad liberated a camp during WWII. :(

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 2 years ago

    ( also today in the world die for the religion…the madness of holocaust has taught nothing!!)

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 2 years ago

    You’ve captured Brianna’s expression so well. There’s an atmosphere of deep sadness & desperation. I try not to think about the horror’s of the holocaust for two reasons.
    One; its a sad reflection on humanity that it was allowed to happen & two; this is the really sad bit, it still continues. Cambodia is one example. There are many other examples but I’m not going to go into that.
    We will never forget the holocaust but will we ever stop it from happening?
    Top class artwork Birgitta :o) xx

  • Every now and then, several times per year, I’ll watch documentaries about the Holocaust and read books from survivors. Yes, it’s a horrible thing that happened, but- I think about the people that had to endure the unspeakable cruelties, they can’t ever wipe away that terrible stain. Even though they hate what happened to them, they do still tell the tales to their children, and each other. They want the world to know what they did survive through. I appreciate their stories, and I know it’s changed me as a person- who I am, and how I see others. And you’re right. There are other Holocausts. I think of the Aborigines and the Stolen Generations. (I wrote an essay about that several months ago.) Painful stuff. But a very necessary reminder that should never be forgotten. Thanks for sharing your heart and thoughts with me. ;) xox

    – Birgitta †

  • Robin Brown
    Robin Brownover 2 years ago

    :o) xx

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstoneover 2 years ago

    Composer is perfect for this portrait, Birgitta, and your daughter’s expression is perfect for your story. Love the light!

  • Kornrawiee
    Kornrawieeover 2 years ago

    What the eyes…

    Such the touching artwork, I’m happy to consider:)
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    Best Regards,

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