Weho Is

Got the postcards back from the printer. My goal is to put something lovely out in the world - and tell people about my current work.

One one side: an image from the Portraits of Weho project I started this spring, with a grant from the West Hollywood Arts Commission. On the other, a simple phrase: Weho Is:

Weho is - It’s a phrase that encapsulates for me what I think about when I think about this project. Weho is. It’s so many things to so many people. Depending on your perspective, it can be heaven or sometimes a little slice of hell.

I’m not immune to its problems, and I live through its disruptions and evaluations. And despite all that comes with living here, I can’t deny that when I wake up in the morning to the song of birds, or walk down streets shading in the arms of an elegantly scarred ficus, that beneath all the chaos and traffic lives a magnificent soul.

For me, right now, Weho is: Beautiful.

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Illustrated: September

Another shoot for my "Illustrated" project. Besides working with the light and the location, the greatest challenge is finding models to work with on a regular basis. I'm lucky that I have patient friends that are generous with their time and resources.

I'm thinking now I need to figure out how to make a larger project with my current limitations: time, models, equipment. I remember back in one of my classes we had an assignment that encouraged us to embrace these limitations as creative opportunities.

I think I will do just that.

"Illustrated, PVS" Jared Fortunato, 2018

"Illustrated, PVS" Jared Fortunato, 2018

Walk of Fame

Very excited to have my first poem published in LILA magazine.

I'm taking a "creative writing" course this summer, part of the never ending MFA program. Inspired by the city I decided to write my first poem about the streets of Hollywood. One of our course assignments was to find a literary journal and submit our poem.

I found the good folks at LILA, who graciously accepted my poem, and requested an image to boot. How's that for working out fine.

Up next is creative "flash" or short fiction, less than 500-750 words. I finished a few pieces and yes, I need to submit those as well (one thing about the Academy, they force you to put yourself out there.)

Again, the shorts are about Hollywood.