This picture is about a woman who was assassinated by the Nazis in the Rumbula Forest in Latvia during World War II. Even though she was killed in five seconds, the memory of the horrible atrocity remains in the hidden psyche of the trees who witnessed it, even after five decades.

The picture represents the last five seconds of her life as seen through the eyes of the trees. Hence the picture is about both the space where the incident happened and the length of time of its occurrence. The apparently empty natural spaces brim with life, stories and the memories of events that unfolded in Time. It pairs with the inner spaces of its inhabitants. Femininity, being as intricate as nature itself, identifies itself with the tolerance of such organic spaces.

Published in 2017


Theo Berends
Fine Art Photographer