Gobi Desert Expedition Photography Art Reception

Monday, April 08, 2019

This evening, I attended a Canon photography reception for Ben Draper, an Archaeological Photographer. He displayed his black and white photographs from the Andrews Centennial Expedition at Gobi Desert in Mongolia. He was asked to recreate and replicate old photographs from the 1920 of archaeological dig locations. Their mission was to look for dinosaur fossils and bones. He mostly uses 35mm, 135mm, and 70 to 200mm lenses.

There were photographs of many fluffy camels. They looked cute. He also adds that there are herds of horses and sheep. I also noticed photographs of the crews, tents, nomads, motorcycles, and drones.

He described his experience with being bitten by a scorpion, which was very painful, but not dangerous.

Sand storms frequently occur in the desert, in which it is recommended to wear protective gear over one’s face and eyes, such as goggles and/or scarf. It sounds like an interesting photography adventure in a faraway land, kind of like the Indiana Jones of Photography.

I enjoyed some hors d’oeuvres and green tea, but I was stuffed fast because I had eaten rice earlier at home. Rice always bloats me. But the hors d’oeuvres were good.

I added my snapshot from a local hike because Southern California is similar to a desert, which is why my area is now filled with native plants and succulents. 


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