Accomplishments 2017

Here’s what I accomplished in 2017.  I’m digging deep to create material you won’t find elsewhere–visual and written.

I wrote ten new pieces, gave my first poetry reading, made the photography exhibit CHARLESTON WANDERINGS, created a New Series of model photography exclusively using an iPhone camera; made twenty-five diorama pictures, and established an interactive Facebook presence, reaching new friends with my work.

Keep watch for exciting news in 2018. Readers: Pre-order my March 2018 book– all 100 copies will be reserved on a pre-published basis. Information page is here: https://theliterateshow.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/accepting-pre-orders-on-my-4th-book/

2017 output:

1. What a Deaf Cat Can Teach Us

2. A Poetry Reading in the Corporate Workplace

3. A Sunny Day on West Street

4. Embrace

5. A Genuine Moment in Time

6. Hidden House

7. The Family and the Empty Nester

8. The Hook of Respective Longevity

9. Find the Willing

10. Smack That Pivot

11. CHARLESTON WANDERINGS (photography exhibit)

12. A NEW SERIES (photography exhibit)

13. Model Dioramas 2017

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Model Dioramas 2017

Below are the dioramas I set in 2017. These pictures were made in the first 5 months of the year. After the month of May, I took a break to detail several tank models, and for the fall, I got involved in a new way of photographing models. Those were the subject of yesterday’s post.

The photographs below were set on my kitchen table or floor, and modified from there. The sets were built for the particular session and were struck within an hour or two. The camera used was my trusty Sony NEX 5N with the Zeiss 50mm prime lens.

Enjoy the worlds that dioramas bring to us!

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Thanks for looking!

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A New Series

A new series of model photographs. Below you’ll find fifty of my best model pictures, taken in a 3-month period from late September to late December 2017. These photographs are 1% of the total I shot for this project. I took over 5,000 handheld photos with my iPhone and worked them in Photoshop, MS Editor, and IrfanView to make simple, artistic images of the models I own. More detail will follow in the Summary below the pictures.

Photographs are shown in the order they were shot.

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Summary (to come).

 

 

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Smack That Pivot

Smack That Pivot will be published in Ara’s 4th book, due March 2018. Pre-order here: https://theliterateshow.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/accepting-pre-orders-on-my-4th-book/

 

 

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ACCEPTING PRE-ORDERS FOR MY 4TH BOOK

UPDATE 02/18/2018: Final story list and story order is posted. 60 pre-orders remain. Pre-order your copy now!

I’m producing a collection of my best short and mid-length stories from the last five years, work which has never been published on paper—thirty in all. Each story has an artwork or photograph, which will appear with the story. That’s thirty color plates of original material. The price will be $19.95 delivered in the USA, and $27.95 international.

I’m publishing 125 copies in the first run, 100 of which will be sold on a pre-order basis.

All you have to do: Post a comment saying you would like a copy, and I will respond with your pre-order number and will add you to the list.

No money is needed at this time. Once I have enough orders (sometime in the March 2018 timeframe), I will let you know the money is due. You will receive your signed copy in about 2 weeks after payment. Anticipated publication date is March 2018.

If you buy two or more copies (I personalize and gift-ship), I will include 5 of my photo greeting cards in your order, a $20 value.

This printing will be limited to 125 copies, so all sales will be upfront as pre-orders. This allows me a handful of copies for promotional use. I do not plan for sales after publication.

Basic details are: 5.5” x 8.5” softcover, approximately 150 pages plus 30 color pages, 5 fiction stories / 25 non-fiction, (no poetry), professionally designed cover, perfect-bound with the best paper and glossy cover stock.

Below you’ll find the list of subject titles. I am very excited to bring this material to life! Will you support me in this project? It only works if we reach the goal of 100 pre-orders.

BOOK STORY LIST (final)

  1. Story #1 (with 2 photos)
  2. A Sunny Day on West Street (fiction, with photograph)
  3. The Hook of Respective Longevity (with photograph)
  4. The Agreeable Man (with artwork- Medallion)
  5. Smack That Pivot (with artwork- Wisdom)
  6. In The Hallway (fiction, with artwork- The Shelleron)
  7. Across the Bridge (with photograph)
  8. This Man (with photograph)
  9. The Glass Lady of Los Angeles (with photograph)
  10. Find The Willing (with artwork- Joined)
  11. Utican (with artwork of the same name)
  12. Hidden House (with photograph)
  13. The Legacy (fiction, with photograph)
  14. My Kind (with photograph)
  15. Embrace (with artwork of the same name)
  16. “Do You Think Less of Me?” (with artwork- City)
  17. Her Painted Room (with photograph collage)
  18. Goodbye to a Friend (with two photographs)
  19. What a Deaf Cat Can Teach Us (with two photographs)
  20. Who Carries The Show? (with artwork- The Carney)
  21. Hatsuyo’s Lasting Impression (with artwork- Hiko)
  22. Memorial Day parts 1, 2, and 3 (with diorama photography)
  23. Depression-Era Artifacts Found in Wall (w/ ten pages of color photos)
  24. Fragile Life (with artwork- August No. 8)
  25. Uncautious (with artwork of the same name)
  26. The Family and the Empty Nester (with photograph)
  27. Fork in the Road (with photograph)
  28. The Wheels of Time Grind Slowly But Fine (with artwork of the same name)
  29. Trace Renee (with photograph)
  30. The Cryless Class (fiction, with photograph)

 


Samples of images for the March 2018 book:

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Find The Willing

Find The Willing will be published in Ara’s 4th book, due in Martch 2018. Pre-order the book here: https://theliterateshow.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/accepting-pre-orders-on-my-4th-book/

 

 

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She Runs

She was a new car once. She was scrutinized, negotiated, fawned over, and loved. This gray Plymouth Valiant Signet was shiny, true and new, over fifty years ago. Today she runs as a beater on Manhattan Beach’s posh streets, the plaything of an uncautious man.

In 1963, she had a life, a function, and a family to carry to school. She took dad to work and mom to the grocery store. She won the Society of Illustrators’ Styling Award and was part of a record sales year.

The years ground on, the Sixties gave way to the Seventies and this special gray car discovered the road felt harder as she dried out and aged. Her owners waxed and then waned, died off or gave up caring very much. Today she just gets along, never bothered being locked, never bothered being stolen, gassed up for just a few dollars at a time, hasn’t seen a full tank since Nixon.

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Ara Hagopian’s third book is out now: http://www.LeavesOfYouth.com

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