Simona D'Auria

To the children of all wars

"Holding on" a picture dedicated to all kids suffering the consequences of the war
Little pines trees emerging from a frozen lake
Drowning in the ice

It was a cold beautiful dawn by the icy lake when I saw these little spruce trees on the icy surface of a forest lake.

At first I thought you can either see them like the “drowning trees” or the “emerging trees” depending on your nature and your mood of the moment, but then another image came to my mind and still hasn’t left me …

The one of little kids holding on, hanging there and trying to survive the consequences of the war.

This picture is dedicated to all innocent kids suffering because of the so called “adults” still thinking in 2022 that war is something somehow legitimate.

Thinking about the newborn babies still lying in a cot inside a hospital under the bombs I feel so ashamed as a human being … I am so sorry that we have to welcome you in such a sad world.

Thinking about the little ones who have just started living their life, talking, moving the first steps, making the first discoveries, I feel so sorry that we are tearing away your dreams replacing them with the most horrible images.

Thinking about the grown up in their teenage years, I hope you will be able to forget and forgive, I hope you won’t let anger overcome your precious life.

I know it’s asking a lot … while you are hanging there trying not to drown in the abyss of the war.


🤍🤍🤍 Simona


Simona D'Auria

Hi! My name is Simona and I am a photographer and an illustrator in love with the natural world.

I live in Sweden in a small village on the forest hills, where I moved a few years ago leaving behind the busy city of London to pursue my artistic activity. ​This has been a long time dream that I eventually managed to fulfil. I have never regretted it!​​

Nature is my only place to be, hiking my way to explore it and photography is one of the means I use to record the fantastic stories I am so lucky to witness during my excursions. Many of these stories also turn into graphics or illustrations.