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Tom Mason: Performance Artist

Posted: March 3rd, 2011 | Filed under: artist, feature, great face, musician | 4 Comments »

I met Tom Mason many years ago. We chose him as talent for a PacifiCare campaign. Not sure what we cast him as, but all I remember was that he had a nice spirit, and a great face.

When we photographed him last week, we met near his home, in Shelby Park. It was pouring rain, and we hid out in a picnic area in the park. He brought his Shakespearean books, his trumpet, his mandolin, his scarves, and his monologue! The rainy weather was just perfect for his Irish brogue and his speech. We’d wait for a break in the rain, and make a run for it, out to the riverfront, shoot our take, and then make a run for it, back to the picnic cover.

Tom Mason is part magician; part pirate; part Irish; but 100% imagination and spirit. (Watch the video below).

4 Comments on “Tom Mason: Performance Artist”

  1. 1 Virgil M said at 11:38 pm on March 3rd, 2011:

    Well, this was fabulous for me! Starting with the photos, the performance, the strength of his personality and ending with the music!
    Fantastic job Mark! THANK YOU!

  2. 2 Steve Burns said at 4:33 am on March 4th, 2011:

    Mark, these are absolutely fabulous! What a wonderful way to start a day!

  3. 3 Katie Z said at 12:50 pm on March 6th, 2011:

    What a wonderful way to get to know Nashville at a deeper level. Love, love, love the concept and the way you have captured the inhabitants.

  4. 4 Grace said at 7:07 am on March 14th, 2011:

    Saw Tom & the Blue Bucaneers on Tortola last week. Fantastic musician and Pirate! Was interested to see another side of him on this atmospheric film.