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Every Picture Tells A Story
Posted by: Cindy Nunn on 01/16/2012 - 11:54 AM
I thought this might be fun and will help us to get to know each other a little better.
As the saying goes..."Every Picture Tells A Story."
Post a piece of your art and tell us the story or reason behind it. Where did you take it? Why? Is there special significance? How did it make you feel?
You get the drift :)
The Harperley prisoner of war camp is located in County Durham, England, in a small village called Fir Tree. While living in the UK from 2001 to 2008 I ran a successful paranormal investigations team, with team branches in the United States and South Africa. During that time I was given the priviledge of conducting the first and only investigation at Harperley, known as Camp 93 during World War II. Originally built to house Italian POWs, it eventually was used to house German POWs. Through extensive research I managed to locate a former German POW, living back in Germany, and for a number of years we corresponded regularly, during which time he gave me an insider\'s knowledge of life at the camp, as well as his personal story of being a 17 year old German soldier abandoned on the beach in France by his commanding officer.
Conducting the investigation and research of this camp was a fascinating and, at times, sad, experience. It is an amazing place of historical value. The emotions I felt during the many visits here were overwhelming, and once or twice I had some truly frightening moments of a paranormal nature, LOL! Please feel welcome to visit the links below to read more about this remarkable place, which is now closed due to a lack of funding to help preserve it.
You can also visit my gallery, which has more photos of the camp, as well as of original art painted on the walls by an unknown German prisoner.
I took the photo from which I painted this picture in 1994 while taking a "walking tour" of Ireland. We had stopped at a small seaside village and, while my husband went into a store, I saw this little girl and dog on the beach. Fiery red hair with a bright red coat and 2 1/2 years old, she stood out like a beacon. I asked a young man, who I assumed was her father as he was the only other person around, if I could take a picture of her. After he agreed and I snapped a few, I asked him what the dog was doing. He said he was digging for food as he was a stray and pretty much lived on the beach. I was a little concerned that the little girl was getting so close to the "food" of a stray dog and said so to the father. He just shrugged and said, "Aye, but she and the dog seem to communicate. She walks around and points and the dog digs. I've been coming down here with her since before she could walk and the dog knows her. Besides, now and then she buries things for him and if he doesn't find them himself, she gives him a little help."
Ten years later I came across those pictures and the urge to paint was so strong that I did something I hadn't done in over 30 years, put brush to canvas. That little girl and the stray became a symbol for me that it's never too late to start again. I'll be eternally grateful to her and that scruffy dog as they gave me a gift greater than any I have ever received; one that will last me to the end of my years.
Love the painting and the story, Diana. Thank you for sharing it with all of us :) I also love the way you have accurately portrayed the very different way of looking at things that is often found throughout England, Scotland and Ireland, something I learned while living there for 8 years. Wonderfully done!
The mystery is solved. This photo was taken behind the Mount Princeton Hot Springs in Colorado. The cars in the river were used back in the fifties to shore up the bank of the river. Apparently the owners back then had them laying around and thought they'd be more useful shoring up the bank. Shucks, I thought there was some exciting story behind the cars, but nope, just useful for keeping the bank up.
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