It’s rare to catch Woods Hole’s Mark Chester without a camera. Over the span of almost 40 years, Chester has learned that it’s often best to shoot first and ask questions later, and that the best photos often come when they’re least expected. Every once in a while, they come in pairs.
Chester, whose photographs appear in the permanent collections of museums throughout the country, has put together an intriguing collection of black-and-white images that spans his career, pairing outstanding pictures united by common themes and subject matter. Twosomes, Chester’s newest book of photography, is available June 2 from The Un-Gyve Limited Group. An exhibit of the book’s images goes on display at the Cape Cod Museum of Art in Dennis on June 18, preceded by a special reception and book signing at Addison Art Gallery in Orleans on June 17. Chester’s work is often whimsical, often touches his audiences in contrasting ways, and always demonstrates a talent that could only be gained through many decades spent behind a lens.