Archers, Bhutan, 1980 and Steve Martin, California, 1978 from Mark Chester’s Twosomes touring exhibit and companion book (Un-Gyve Press); opening in DC in June at Busboys and Poets and at the Scandinavian Cultural Center (Massachusetts) in July.
View the March issue of El Mundo below, Reportaje Especial pp. 32-33.
Why is a photograph worth a thousand words? Who came up with that number anyway? Why not just one hundred? Or five -hundred?
(This blog is 612 words plus a photograph, so here are 1612 words about the “photographer-writer.”)
Barnstable Municipal Airport Exhibit Features: Nyoman’s Hand and Gulliver’s Hand by Mark Chester from Twosomes (Un-Gyve Press)
Orleans Camera & Video Class: Saturday, October 27th 10AM-1PM
The white sign glared from the black asphalt road: “Very Slow.”
It is a sensible warning, for there is no need to hurry in West Ireland. The corridor from Doolin in County Clare to Dingle in County Kerry stirs with scenes of earth, rain, and fire supported by a cast of Irish characters.
I came to Ireland accompanying the Stage Door Canteen, a swing band from Falmouth, Mass., my hometown. Its big-band sound differs from the traditional Irish Celtic music I discovered on Ireland’s Southwest Coast.
Sculptures by Louis Mulcahy in Dingle Copyright © Mark Chester
Though there was the sound of a roaring fire in the parlor of Moy House, it was a shot of Midleton single malt Irish whiskey that soothed my nerves after driving six hours on the left-hand side of the road from Dublin to the West Coast.
Moy House is a refurbished 1820s private home built of local sea stone and situated on Liscannor Bay, now a Bed and Breakfast set on 15 wooded acres with a river running through it. The welcome letter to guests invites “weather and, time permitting, you may wish to borrow a pair of Wellies and head down our lawn to the Atlantic…”
The “weather permitting” part was a tip off. They say the same thing in Ireland as in New England. “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.”
But no matter the time of day, the last weekend of February, is magical in Doolin. It is the place where the best Irish musicians play in the Russell Memorial Weekend that honors the three late Russell brothers, Micho, Pakie, and Gusso, Doolin’s world-class concertina, timber flute and tin whistle players, respectively. Born in the early 1900s, the brothers Russell have left an indelible impression on Irish music.
Read the full story of Mark Chester’s travels through Ireland in The Epoch Times »
October 5, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. at Boston’s South End Artist Guild, 450 Harrison Avenue.
Twosomes photography exhibition and companion book by Mark Chester (Un-Gyve Press) will be on display concurrently through September 2012 at The Mashpee Public Library 64 Steeple Street and the Falmouth Jewish Congregation 7 Hatchville Road.
Don’t miss the talk and signing at FJC Thursday, Aug 23, 2012 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.