Kham then and now. A photoblog showing how eastern Tibet looked in the 1920s and how the same places and people look now. Based on the explorations of botanist Joseph Rock.
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
On the road to Gongga Shan ...
This was taken on the way over to Yulongxi on a small dirt track road that runs from Jiagenba, south of Xinduqiao. It goes over a small pass to the Yulongxi valley. Taken with my Bessa camera, 35mm Summicron lens and Fuli Neopan Acros B&W film.
Dr Joseph Rock was an Austrian-born American botanist, anthropologist and explorer. He lived in South West China from the 1920s to 1949. During that time he went on many expeditions to remote parts of the Tibetan borderlands, collecting plants, taking photographs and collating maps. He described his trips in several articles in the National Geographic journal. After reading his articles, I was inspired to revisit places he described in Sichuan and Yunnan such as Muli, Yading, Deqin and Gongga Shan. This blog describes my travels and compares Rock's pictures with ones I have taken in the same places.