photo of the day 12/14/2011. photo © Mark I Chester
"the wonderful Walton brothers - gay siblings with facial hair and glasses" from the series "the dream of my youth is dead, but I can't stop dreaming," 1997-1998
I am posting this photograph of Scott Walton (right) and his brother Michael (left) from 5/1998 in honor of Scott's birthday. I first met Scott when he and a former boyfriend came thru my studio at the Folsom St. Fair. The former partner drifted away not too long after but I became friends with Scott.
There are artists and then there are the people who support, aid and inspire artists and that is what Scott has become for me. Scott has not only modeled for Gay Men's Sketch, but I have photographed him both individually and with his brother Michael for my art. Just the idea of photographing gay siblings was exciting. But I have to admit I have a thing for men with facial hair and glasses. Add balding or cropped haircuts and it hits quite a few of my fetishes.
Plus during the street fairs, when I open my home/studio to the community for an art show and my digital pix special, Scott handles large crowds of fair goers with aplomb, deftly dealing with it all. I have done that job, so I know how difficult it can be dealing with people in varying states of fun, ecstasy and intoxication and doing it all with a smile on your face. I don't think I can even explain how much pressure this takes off my shoulders and allows me to photograph fair goers in my studio while he takes care of all the rest.
There are religious dictums which pontificate that God only gives you as much as you can carry. I don't know if that is true, but I know Scott well enough to know that if there is a God, then he, she or it has given Scott more to deal with than most of us have to deal with in a lifetime. I am not suggesting that some get a free ride. No matter how rich you are, how famous you are, how blessed you are in some ways, everyone must deal with both good times and bad times because that is the nature of life. But it does seem like some have more than their fair share that tips the balance out of their favor. Why Scott isn't stark raving mad, is beyond me. In fact, I am amazed that most of us aren't stark raving mad after what we have gone through during the last 30 years. The universe seems to be doubling down on Scott, and yet somehow Scott seems to keep his balance and his humor amidst it all.
So I want to wish Scott a very happy birthday! My birthday wish for you is for all your good works to come back to you three fold with good health, good times and good friends.