Boy Soldiers

And the boys marched because it was something to do, they headed across their small town and the open countryside to engage in battle, first gathering their gear and then mobilizing their munitions and cannon, the fighting taking place yard for yard, square inches of dirt contested with not a break for meals nor drink, the boys not leaving their posts until overwhelmed by losses or by mother calling them home.


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


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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6 Responses to Boy Soldiers

  1. Dee stoudt says:

    Ara, that was fun!

  2. Scott Skinner says:

    Very clever. I hope you expand on this and draw some parallels and contrasts between boys playing and adult soldiers doing their duty. Great photograph. It’s a peaceful scene for a weapon of war.

  3. Paul Giles says:

    Excellent, it took me back to my childhood when we collected clods of dry earth for hand grenades. They looked good when they hit the ground, but hurt like blazes when they hit you!

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