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Encinitas, CA, United States, 2007/02/05 - Author Julie Ann Shapiro and photographer, Randy Hamilton shared a Dejavu artistic vision, focusing on the singular shoes, albeit independently. Neither artist knew about the other’s work or the many parrells that existed between them.
Award winning fiction author, Julie Ann Shapiro shares a Twilight Zone moment on a phone call that's a story worthy of being on the Oprah show. "I answered the phone and felt a Dejavu twinge when Randall Louis Hamilton, the famed photographer said, "I have the One Shoe Diaries - Photo Collection." I stopped breathing for a second. "You what... no it can't be, that's the same name as my novel, One Shoe Diaries? In it Brad [the main character] obsesses with photographing singular shoes, the ones he's see everywhere. He calls it Shoe-osophy."
Shoe-osophy embodies the wisdom, the dogma of the lost and abandoned shoe. The singular shoe is becoming a post millennium archon, an inanimate totem for unstable times; like new age wisdom decrees; things show up for a reason.
Lost shoes are everywhere, littering the side of the highway, floating in the tide, going upstream with the Salmon, or occupying a field like a dead body, discarded and left to rot.
Never staged or studio altered the lost shoes are photographed as they appear. A throw back to pre-computer generated images, before reality and conjured up realities vied for attention.
Photographer, Randall Louis Hamilton responded, "That's me...I also photograph the solo shoes I find in my journeys where they lie." A mutual pause..."It's both of us." From two separate coasts, both Randall Louis Hamilton and Julie Ann Shapiro shared an artistic vision, albeit independently. Neither artist knew about the other's work or the many parallels that existed between them. Simultaneously in Florida where Randy lives and in Southern California where Julie lives, a fascination with the "one shoe sightings" emerged. Both artists wondered about the untold story of the singular shoes. Julie imagined a table top book of the shoe photos to go along with her novel; the very photographic collection Randy is amassing. The One Shoe Diaries™ - Photo Collection will be in its first gallery showing in March 10th in Pensacola, Florida. Not so different than the photographer in Julie's novel, who also wound up touring the galleries. Randy also imagined people sharing stories about where and when they noticed a singular shoe sighting. When it all materialized in real life, both Julie and Randy felt like they'd stumbled into the Twilight Zone.
Randy states, "When I came upon Julie's online announcement of releasing a book named The One Shoe Diaries™ I was both excited and disconcerted. After speaking for a bit on the phone we just knew there had to be a way we could collaborate on this shared vision."
About the One Shoe Diaries™ - Photo Collection
Randall Louis Hamilton and his wife Sharon in October 2004 lost their residence located in Pensacola Beach, Florida due to Hurricane Ivan. Since then they have been touring the U.S. in their motor home collecting photos and stories. The single shoes littering the highways really caught their imagination. It was their idea to chronicle their adventures through the one shoe photos, combined with the stories surrounding each discovery and offer them in a coffee table book titled, The One Shoe Diaries™ Photo Collection. To promote their book they have been scheduling gallery shows for their trek out to California and of course photographing shoes as they find them on the road.
About Randall Louis Hamilton
Randy, as he is known to his family and friends, is an award-winning designer, artist and photographer. Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio he’s lived in various places including the past seven years in Pensacola, Florida. He attended four years at the Columbus College of Art and Design, and two years at the University of West Florida studying studio arts. He owns and operates his own business, the Hamilton Art Agency.
About Jen-Zen & The One Shoe Diaries™ -The Novel
Everyone has seen one lost shoe on the side of the road. After experiencing Jen-Zen & The One Shoe Diaries™, you will wonder about its untold story.
Haunted by the memory of a lost girlfriend, a successful photographer finds himself first fascinated then obsessed with shoes – but only lost shoes! In an off beat love story, Brad struggles with grief and finds whimsy in a world where lost shoes keep popping up, challenging his sanity and the very notion of what makes the heart tick.
Jen-Zen & The One Shoe Diaries™ will be offered by Pulp Bits, an electronic independent press and delivered in eleven serialized monthly installments beginning February 2007.
About Julie Ann Shapiro
Julie Ann Shapiro (julieannshapiro.com) is a freelance writer, novelist and short story author. She is the winner of the 2006 Best Little Christmas Story Contest and received recognition as a Million Writers Award Notable Stories of 2004. Julie has over thirty published short stories including the story collection, Flashes of the Other (Pulp Bits August 2006). Julie's novels are represented by TriadaUS.
The collaborative efforts of both photographer, Randy Hamilton and Author, Julie Ann Shapiro are profiled on the One Shoe Diaries website, For more information about Jen-Zen & The One Shoe Diaries™ – The Novel, contact Julie Ann Shapiro. For more information about One Shoe Diaries™ The Photo Collection, contact Randy Hamilton 850-529.4339.