Mark I Chester photo of the day
Mark I Chester studio
1229 Folsom St./SF 415-621-6294
November 6, 2011
photo of the day 11/6/2011.
photo © Mark I Chester
photo of Mark Thompson 4/1982 from the series "Marked Men" - body
portraits that explore breaking down the normal rectangular borders of the
Mark Thompson was
another 544 devotee and we were involved when I took these photographs. He
was still living in San Francisco at that time. Writers are interesting to
photograph because they are so used to being invisible and allowing their
work to speak for them, much in the same way that photographers react when
they are forced in front of the camera. Terrified! <eg> One can write book
after book about the sexual universe and one can be quite sexually active
but it is quite another thing to become that sexual icon yourself and to
allow yourself to be put up on a pedestal. To become an object of desire.
A metaphor for a time and place, and after all these years, one that is
now long gone. A moment cut from time, from all those moments constantly
ticking away. Celebrating at that moment how wonderful it was to be alive;
a sexual gay man living in San Francisco.