She has the smile of victory on her face... Innocence, after all, has won and that hat is her trophy! (when scalping is not possible, taking their hats is a good option) I make you my compliments for this wonderful portrait! I guess it's true: an apple never falls far from the tree. Keep on like that and ignore the ignorance!
Next month I will finish my Economics exams and I would like to make a portrait using this image as a reference. I will post it on DA only with your permission, of course. Otherwise I'll keep it for myself It's a beautiful photo and your daughter (I presume) has a really nice expression.
I really like it! It's a daring contrast, yet I suppose most or some people are offended by it, since they don't really get that art isn't only about beauty, but also about inviting the viewer to the wonderful world of "brain usage", while looking at something disturbing that actually isn't disturbing (like this adorable little girl - she's got the most adorable eyes!).
I've read the other comments and by looking at some of their origin's it's no wonder that they get all snarky on you... some just love to nourish and cherish their hate.
Honestly, everyone is entitled to their own opinion - that some won't like the snapshot, think it's in bad taste or even "the sharpest obscenity ever witnessed on dA", doesn't bother me one bit. Yes, it's a Nazi symbol, yes it's an innocent child, yes Hitler was evil, yes there are hundreds of other photos with kids wearing silly hats or whatever. So what? It does not make me, the child, or anyone else a racist or Nazi. Even Walt Disney made a film about Hitler/Nazis using a duck...
I think of all the children Cyril could have photographed THIS child is the one that will grow to fully understand the irony AND history, given the culture and education she has already enjoyed and will continue with.
She takes after her father. She'll get it with an open mind and understanding.
I'm pretty positive she won't regret being "drafted". And I say that with a mother's certainty.
If I recall my history correctly, that cap was worn by the Totenkopfverband (Death's Head League), a part of the Waffen (armed) SS that ran the death camps for the 'final solution to the Jewish problem'. These camps were responsible for the deaths of an estimated 18 million people, roughly 4 to 6.5 million of them Jewish. Virtually all peoples were among the dead, including Germans and an estimated 3.5 million Russian POWs. The Totenkopfverband and other units also killed populations where they found them 'in the field' (i.e. Babi Yar). To place an emblem of a group that made places where it smelled of cooking meat and rained human ash on the head of a smiling, innocent child is simply the sharpest obscenity I've ever witnessed on DeviantART.
I'm actually not sure if this is a Waffen-SS or an Allgemeine-SS cap, but a quick google images search seems to indicate it's the Allgemeine-SS.
And I totally agree with you that what the Nazis (SS or not) did was atrocious, inhumane and disgusting.
That this pic may not be easy to look at for some people is quite understandable, and not everyone will get the irony I intended. I don't think I can agree with your opinion of it being the sharpest obscenity on dA - have a look around a bit and you will actually find quite a bit of porn.
In fact, I find reality and present events quite a bit more disturbing than any artwork could ever be. Children being sold as slaves to the sex industry, forced onto front lines as soldiers and so on is still an ever present occurrence in today's modern world.
Besides, should art not also serve to remind us of the mistakes in the past so that we may learn for the future?
Thank you for your thoughtful response to my comment. About your points:
Obscenity need not, and indeed is not, for thoughtful persons, limited to sexual expression. You yourself have cited an excellent example (child soldiers). For myself, I find it a standing menace to human peace and welfare that so many would prefer so many species of violence to even the most benevolent of sexual expressions...
About children being used...
I doubt very seriously that your young model could EVER know enough about the history being portrayed to give informed consent to her image being used this way, and I only hope she does not live to regret being 'drafted' in this manner (the 'obscenity' element I was referring to)...
About your last point...
Yes, absolutely, but NO cause can be so noble as to justify ANY means in it's pursuit.
I agree for the historic recall Deepvision. The thing is that we don't know if cyril knows it was a cap from the waffen ss (death commando). In fact, art does not have frontiers... but if we do not explain the meanings of a such situation, it can be disturbing for some people. When an actor plays the role of a nazi, it doesn't mean he's one of them (hopefully lol) I am not chocked, but I hope that the little girl knows a little bit about this part of the history.
Nice pic anyway, the kind of contrast of the girl/ awful cap
With respect...Art DOES have frontiers: post a picture of child pornography, i.e., and you'll find THAT out with swift and indelible force. And even if this were not so, the artist STILL should, IMO, answer to the best counsels of his conscience, for with such power of eloquence comes responsibility... doubtless, in her last days, Leni Reifenstahl would have agreed...
So you're saying child pornography falls under the category or art??? Man, you are either very sick or have no clue of what you're talking about. And this is no nazi propaganda movie, and we're not in the 1930s so please don't throw any more accusations or assumptions at me.