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.
Monday, March 10, 2014
贡嘎山 玉龙西 Gongga Shan, Yulongxi, October 2013
This is a picture that I took with my Rolleiflex 3.5F using slide film (Fuji Portra I think), at Yulongxi, before setting out on the Gongga Shan trek. This is the 'guesthouse' where we stayed - in reality it was just a farmhouse, next to some hot springs. We were driven over in a small van from Kangding by a 17 year old kid, who was the son of the farmer. This is the grandtaher of the family, who apears to be a part time monk.
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.