Miscellaneous Ramblings around Bharat (a.k.a. India), August 16th, 2016
LPA Member Richard Wood will be presenting a whirlwind discussion of the history, culture, religion, and philosophy of India with some documentary photos from 2007 and 2016 and answering the perplexing questions of the number-one-monk-in-training (pictured below) and the LPA: Why travel? Why India? Why travel by train? Why Sikkim?
India is a country and culture that was 5 millennium in the making, living in four centuries, with two dozen languages, and one dozen religions.
Tibetan refugee wool yarn makers, Darjeeling
Camel trains in the 21st century, somewhere north of Delhi
Richard Wood started his photography “career” in 1960 at the 50th Anniversary Boy Scout Jamboree in Colorado Springs using the old stand-by Kodak Brownie camera. On returning from the trip he gave a slide show after which his father took him to New York City to buy an Exakta SLR; probably as an excuse for his father to buy a new camera also. The rest, as they say, is history.
After seeing America first, Richard began his international travels in 1978. He has since visited 35 countries, some numerous times, been in every time zone at least twice, and visited six of the seven continents (Australia is still missing).
Arriving in 1969 at Edwards Air Force Base, to begin his real day job as a test engineer for the Air Force, he quickly learned about the LPA and the annual Antelope Valley Fair photo exhibit and contest. His first entry in the Fair was in the early 1970’s but did not become active in the LPA until he retired in 2002.
In the mid-1990’s, he was a credentialed journalist photographer for the America’s Cup yacht races in San Diego. Several of his photos hung in the America’s Cup Museum. He also published an 85-page paperback booklet on “A Concise History of the America’s Cup”; which he marketed in San Diego during the races.
Richard has given numerous slide shows of his travels at Edwards AFB, the local Sierra Club and Audubon Society, and for private dinner parties. He is also active with the Sports Car Club of America, go kart racing, the Antelope Valley Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), and volunteers at Piute Ponds with the Edwards AFB Environmental Management Branch.