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 11/30/2018: Final story list and story order is posted. 50 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—over thirty in all. Each story has an artwork or photograph, which will appear with the story. That’s over thirty color plates of original material. The price has yet to be determined.

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.

Once I have enough orders, 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 2019.

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 300 pages plus 40 color pages, 10 fiction stories / 25 non-fiction, (no poetry), professionally designed cover, perfect-bound with the best paper and glossy cover stock.

Below you’ll find a partial 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 (partial)

  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 (A novella, 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)

 


Anticipated publish date of 2019.

 

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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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The Hook of Respective Longevity

On a short alley lot at Perkins Cove, Maine, a small hook holds a chain together. This metal forging is very old, perhaps older than seventy years. Today her job is lightweight duty; she keeps tourists off private property.

This old hook is retired; this was not her first calling. We may ask, what was her job of yesteryear? Was she fitted to a proud ship, worked by a crew who perhaps never gave thought to the concept of respective longevity?

I will be utilized so long as I’m useful. I can work if my construction exceeds my strain. I can outlast my creator if men take care of me. I can outlast Man if men need me.

A hundred years ago a metalsmith forged a hook and loop out of steel. He used the skills of his eyes, arms and hands to form her just so. He pulled the finished hook from the cooling water bucket, took off his gloves and held it in his hand. “You will outlast me,” he said to the beautifully-fashioned, warm-wet steel. “You’ll raise great nets of fish or carefully lower a ton of timber, and men will trust you with their lives. If they do their job, they know you will do yours.

“You’re two solid pounds and are vulnerable to being cut, thrown away, melted or otherwise destroyed,” he told his creation. “But you will succumb to none of those things. You will endure because you are useful. And only fools squander usefulness.”

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Ara Hagopian’s latest book: http://www.LeavesOfYouth.com

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The Family and the Empty Nester

This story will be published in my March 2018 book, details are here: https://theliterateshow.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/accepting-pre-orders-on-my-4th-book/

 

 

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