Thupten and I took a drive to the village of Karzok which is located at what I call “the end of the civilization”. As of 2008 this was as far as one could travel via motorized vehicles. It is located near the large lake Tso moriri at 15,180′. Our main purpose for traveling there was to take some currency to some nomad friends of Thupten. They were to come over the mountains from the direction of Tibet and meet us there at Karzok. We never did connect, but I did get to see many nomads in the area and in the village.
Lonely rider near Karzok
Nomadic home, Karzok
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.
Director, Redwood Art Association, Eureka CA
Co-curator, F Street Foto Gallery, Eureka CA