Picturesk - A Story to Tell by Aimee Stewart

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In 2005, my husband and I were trekking through England as part of a three week journey we had planned. Towards the end of our stay, we found ourselves enamored with the little seaside town of Whitby. On one of the two days we were there, just as we were ducking into The Sutcliffe Gallery, I spotted this amazing looking man sitting on a bench across the steep sloped lane.

I normally do not have much courage when it comes to photographing strangers. I tense up, and lose the moment because I’m too shy to lift the lens. But there was just something about this man that intrigued me, and so I hoisted up the camera, and snapped the picture. Part of my inner voice was prodding me to go introduce myself. The other part of me just wanted to fade away and not disrupt his day. The latter won out. I stepped into the gallery, wandered around for at least a half hour, and by the time we emerged… he was gone.

For three years I’ve wondered who he was. I’ve heard from a couple of people that he is a peculiar local of Whitby, but that’s about all the information I had – until today. I received a note today from a resident of Whitby, who filled me in on who this gentleman is. His name is Barry, and he has an amazing story to tell.

I was linked to a YouTube video, showing part of a documentary filmed by Channel 4 in England, featuring Barry. If you’ve made it this far in my ramblings, I urge you to click this link, and watch the clip. If anything, it really drives home the point that in those brief moments of time when you pass by a stranger on the street – you never really know the intricate history wrapped up inside that skin you see. They are valuable treasures…these unique experiences we all have. It is the stitchwork that weaves us all together. I really wish I had sat down and said hello to Barrry that day. It would have made this life’s tapestry all the richer.

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Aimee’s artwork has been featured in Advanced Photoshop Magazine, ImagineFX, and others. Her work can be found internationally as a greeting cards through Tree Free Greetings, cross stitch patterns through HAED, and jigsaw puzzles by such companies as Buffalo Games, Mega Puzzles, and more! These are now available at Walmart, Fred Meyer, and more. Aimee is currently working on her first children’s book featuring whimsical animals, slated for release in 2012.

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  • Arie
    Arieover 6 years ago

    Wonderful character and wonderful story. Nice light in this photo.

  • Thank you for checking out the story Arie! It means a lot to me!

    – Aimee Stewart

  • iffymood
    iffymoodover 6 years ago

    I watched the video, what an interesting person, I hope he’s doing alright there with his new life, this is great a portrait of Barry.

  • Larry  Stewart
    Larry Stewartover 6 years ago

    What a great capture! Instant fav’.

    CATNIPMEOWover 6 years ago

    What a unique individual……….Your picture is fabulous-

  • Winslow357
    Winslow357over 6 years ago

    I watched the video, I would have given anything to be as lucky as you to take that shot! I think I would have sat with him though to know more about him. But it doesnt matter, the image is so powerful it seems like he tells his whole life in this capture. Excellent work!

  • Zaldy Infante
    Zaldy Infanteover 6 years ago

    poignant portrait

  • Mudsoldat
    Mudsoldatalmost 5 years ago

    an amazing story…like you met patrick o brian or captain kidds first mate! i was at a gathering of mortals once..self importance ruled supreme. i spyed an old gent and his wife. i sat. his wife was very proud lady and of her man too..turns out he worked in the clyde..using his hands to lathe old wind jammers into shape..i found a treasure. the most experienced skilled man in the room and ignored. great immortalisation and story Fox. thank you. Mudman

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