In 2007, I was part of a philanthropic medical expedition in the Kham region of Tibet.  Organized by Marc Gold, founder of the charity 100 Friends, the trip was to bring much needed medical aid and supplies to the often forgotten remote region of Kham.  The experience was extremely memorable.  The locations that we traveled to were desolate, beautiful, and very impressive.  The religious and family traditions of the Tibetan people are on full display in Kham, on a daily basis.  I had an opportunity to photograph several very interesting facets of Tibetan Buddhism, including a ceremony where an offering of  food is set afire to nourish souls no longer on Earth.

One of the things that you will notice when you look at the collection of my images from Tibet is that some appear unusual or even old.  In fact, I carried several cameras on this expedition.  Besides the standard professional digital cameras, I also used a large format camera made of wood and leather, a twin lens 6x6 medium format camera, and even a plastic toy-like camera called a Holga.  Each has a distinctive look that I feel helped to capture some of the Tibetan mystique.  

The B&W images with the interesting border were made using the large format camera with a wonderful film called Type 55.  The resolution and detail of these images are really unbelievable, and the rendering of the tones is hard to match.  The Holga images, being made with a primitive, low grade camera, yield a photo that has an ancient look and feel (look at Tibet Print #H-12).

Tibet Print  #434

Fire Offering Ceremony

Tibet Print #707

Pilgrims en route to Lhasa

Tibet Print #45-7

Kham Woman, Type 55 Portrait

Tibet Print #45-16

Kham Man, Type 55 Portrait

Tibet Print #45-15

Kham Woman, Type 55 Portrait

Tibet Print #45-33

Kham Woman, Type 55 Portrait

Tibet Print #1409

A yak herder stands with his son, a young monk suffering from tuberculosis in a remote mountain hospital.

Tibet Print #1424

Patients recovering in a remote mountain hospital.

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