Originally uploaded by torontofotobug.

Are you asking yourself, “How can she take this photo?” I guess that’s a good question.

First of all, I needed to take it. Secondly, sometimes it’s so much easier for me to deal with something if I’m looking through my lens.

My mother never expected to be sitting watching her son die, but she is, at the age of 82, doing just that. They’ve reconciled a lifetime of separation in just a few days and this image breaks my heart for that reason.

About Anne de Haas

I'm a Toronto photographer specializing in portraits, executive portraits, actor headshots, musician portfolios, CD covers etc. I love shooting horses as well. I feel that photography is not so much about technology and equipment as it is about emotions and capturing the ephemeral. If there's a connection between photographer and subject then the result is something quite special.


  1. First of all – condolences to you and your family.

    I can really identify with feeling conflicted about taking a photo of an important situation; but part of me always feels that it's my own way of doing honour to what's happening, by preserving that moment in the form of a photo and letting all the details of the moment sink in long afterwards.

    That said – I think your photo is very reverent, respectful and lovely.

  2. Anonymous says:

    thanks cessie.

  3. Deep condolences.

    It is a very, very powerful pic. You're very talented and very strong.

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