Four ASMPNE Members Share Their Personal Projects and Passionate Commissions

Four ASMPNE Members Share Their Personal Projects and Passionate Commissions

We at ASMPNE have found throughout our careers that doing work we care about also supports our businesses.  Choosing these meaningful projects ultimately attracts clients you want to be working with. Although it is unpredictable how a personal project may lead to a job, in the end doing work that we are passionate about not only feeds our souls, but also helps grow our businesses in unexpected ways.  Please join us for an evening of friendly discussion and outstanding imagery as we present the personal projects of four New England photographers and work they created right here in New England.

Each photographer will present his/her images, discuss the stories and motivations behind each project, and answer audience questions. This evening will not only be a chance to see what our fellow photographers are up to, but may also provide the inspiration for us all to pursue our own personal projects. Members / Attendees are encouraged to bring personal projects they are working on to share during social time. We would love to see what you are all up to!

We are excited to hear from David Binder, George Disario, Tracy Eller and Mark Chester about their personal projects. What better way to get to know photographers than through their personal work?  Join us for an intriguing evening. Thanks to our sponsors: The Griffin Museum, Bob Korn, Think Tank and Moo. Please invite your friends!

The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, Photographs of New Americans

In youth my penchant to discover places and people began, National Geographic, my guide; for forty years with wanderlust and curiosity I covered the continents photographing cultural landscapes. I’ve come full circle—traveling the world not leaving the state. The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape supporting MIRA (Massachusetts Immigrant Refugee and Advocacy coalition) is a collection of informal, environmental portraits of ethnic diversity in Massachusetts. 300-plus photographs that represent over 170 countries are touring the state; a companion book for donation to schools and libraries will bring awareness to our cultural diversity: subjects of various stations, foreign-born, naturalized U.S. citizens residing in the Commonwealth. Prompted by the 2010 Census,  the seed was planted earlier on assignment at Ellis Island for a 1978 essay by mentor Charles Kuralt. There are 197 countries in the world. South Sudan is the newest, established in 2011. The portraits in this portfolio represent 165 countries and a further fourteen autonomous regions, constituent countries, provinces, territories, and recognized places of origin such as former sovereign states—179 in all. Unlike my candid street photography, this is a straightforward approach: individuals looking into the camera, telling stories through expression, place and pose.

Mark Chester
Twitter: @mchesterphoto

MARK CHESTER has been a professional photographer since nineteen seventy-two. He was Director of Photography and staff photographer at ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), in New York City. His photographs are in the permanent collections of Baltimore, Brooklyn, Corcoran, Denver, Portland (Maine), and San Francisco museums, among others.