My visit to Ladakh was in response to the family of the girl (Tenzin Angmo) that we sponsored. We were invited and urged to visit them in their Buddhist community in Ladakh. It worked out that I was the only one that could go, so in July of 2008 I went.

The above photograph was taken on the roof of their family home (which sadly was destroyed in a flash flood in 2010).

Leh Airport

Leh Airport

I flew from Arcata to San Francisco to Seoul South Korea where I spent a week, and on to Delhi. From there I flew over what I call the “front range” of the Himalaya to “the worlds highest commercial airport(10,800′)” in the city of Leh where Thupten (the father of Tenzin Angmo) met me. I spent the first 24 hours acclimating to the altitude.

This home was completely  washed away in the flood of 2010. Thupten, Lamo and Tenzin Angmo barely escaped with their lives. They lost everything.

This home was completely washed away in the flood of 2010. Thupten, Lamo and Tenzin Angmo barely escaped with their lives. They lost everything.

About Thomas Bethune

THOMAS ALLEN BETHUNE I have been interested in photography for most of my life. I started taking photographs with a Kodak Brownie Hawkeye camera when I was eight years old. My early subjects were trains and engineered structures as well as landscapes and family portraits. My interests and vision have matured, but the subjects that catch my eye continue to be of the same genre as my earliest visions. A neighbor man had a darkroom, and he showed me the basics of camera operation and darkroom processing. I took courses in art and photography in high school and college. I worked as an apprentice to a commercial wedding and event photographer, and I was in charge of a recreational dark room while I was in the military. As an adult, I earned a bachelor’s degree in photography from Humboldt State University. My experience with film formats included 35mm, 2 ¼”, and 4”x 5”. I exhibited at galleries near my home in Arcata California, and in Santa Fe New Mexico. All my current work is digital. I am scanning many of my legacy negatives and slides. I sometimes process and print the scanned negatives. I often post them on my blog. I process all of my prints with archival media. An award winning fine art photographer living in a redwood forest. BA Photography Director, Redwood Art Association, Eureka CA Co-curator, F Street Foto Gallery, Eureka CA
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1 Response to THUPTEN

  1. Thanks so much for sharing these pictures. They are stunning and sad at the same time.

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