Entering Shoes

A well-dressed woman stepped across the art deco inlay of Dagger, a small upscale fashion boutique. This was the address, the giveaway being the word “shoes” laid in polished stone at the sidewalk and entranceway. She was clutching a purse and carrying a secret, and few men had access to stop her. She would let out the secret when it would do the most damage, when the parties involved had exhausted their stolen resources and had focused their lives on destroying sycophants. Her name is Tarr White, and she’s about to disappear. And so she operated, as always, on her own terms.


ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER- Ara Hagopian’s debut book “What Happened to Vicky Lee? A Collection of Stories” is out now: http://vickyleethebook.com/

ARTIST’S NOTE: The intricate walkway featured in the ENTERING SHOES photograph dates back to circa 1920’s. It has survived block fires, soldier parades, snowplows, and demolitions left, right and center. A gentle film of fresh water enriches the color.

There are many layers to this photograph: Who is here, who has passed, and who is to come. A confident woman symbolizes mobility and her stride indicates purpose. By complementing the work of a long-forgotten artisan, she makes her entrance—and his.

Location: Rada Boutique, 394 Main Street, Wakefield, MA. Model: Kerry Ann. Shoes: Guess. Stockings: Victoria’s Secret.

About Ara Hagopian's The LITERATE Show

For over thirty years, I have enjoyed drawing beautiful shapes and writing complementary stories. The imagery tends to focus on our place in the world—whomever or whatever we may be. I am influenced by Twentieth Century history—I read vintage magazines, books and letters. Inspiration comes from visualizing human achievement and personal interaction—derived from people, places and things which may be obscure, but never insignificant. My pen-and-ink THE MAGNIFICENT RECOVERY was selected by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for their 2008 summer art auction.
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4 Responses to Entering Shoes

  1. H. E. Lexus says:

    A fantastic shot for sure. 😉

  2. Anonymous says:

    A few words and a photograph, yet they conjour up so much mystery and intrigue!

    Yet another example of Ara’s ability to fascinate and entertain while all the while making us think a little more deeply than we normally would.

  3. ilias says:

    Could be the beginning of a spy novel or the opening sequence of a film noire . If this is the appetiser , I can’t wait for the main course !

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