America’s Rail System: Modern Workhose or Beast of the Past


Dave Crammer will be presenting a program focused on America’s Railroad System. In a recent Railways High-Speed Railroading article America’s freight railways are cited as “one of the unsung transport successes of the past 30 years.” America’s railways are universally recognized in the industry as the best in the world. Our rail freight is among the cheapest in the world, costing less than half as much as in Japan or Europe. After adjusting for differences in purchasing power it is cheaper even than in China.

The past fifteen years have seen another source of needed growth as interstate highways have become clogged with traffic. Since freight trains can carry so much more, railways are helping to limit the rise in road congestion. Trucking companies such as J.B. Hunt have come to see the advantage of putting trailers on flat wagons for long-haul and using roads only for local pickup and delivery. This has resulted in saved lives and fewer injuries involving or caused by trucking on the road.

In 2009 a $34 billion purchase by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway of Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF), one of the seven main freight railways, opened many Americans’ eyes to the industry’s significance. That America’s shrewdest investor should place his biggest bet on BNSF focused attention on how the country’s railways have been quietly boosting the economy. Even Warren Buffett is forward thinking.

The June 6th meeting and program will begin at 7PM at the Maturango Museum. The doors will open at 6:45PM. The meeting is open to anyone and there is no charge for admission, however donations are accepted to help defray the museum use cost. For more information about this program or the China Lake Photographic Society please contact either Helen Jackson at 760-375-7775 or Francois Clement at 760-301-6828.

Japan, Spring 1985: Trip of a Lifetime


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From Susan’s trip to Japan in 1985

May 2nd: In the Spring of 1985 Susan had the opportunity to visit friends living in Japan. This was her “trip of a lifetime” with exposure to a unique culture, a wealth of history, amazing craftsmanship, new tastes and smells, and incredible scenery. She toured a variety of temples, castles, museums, and gardens from Tokyo to Hiroshima.

Susan has been taking photographs coming on 50 years. Starting with Instamatic cameras then moved up to 35mm SLR before the trip to Japan as she says “I wanted big photo memories instead of snapshots”. Recently she’s transitioned to a digital camera and mostly photographs scenery, but will photograph whatever looks interesting at the moment.

The May 2nd meeting and program will begin at 7PM at the Maturango Museum. The doors will open at 6:45PM. The meeting is open to anyone and there is no charge for admission, however donations are accepted to help defray the museum use cost . For more information about this program or the China Lake Photographic Society please contact either Helen Jackson at 760-375-7775 or Francois Clement at 760-301-6828.

Robert Shaw Book Inventory


This post is made on behalf of Robert Shaw, a local photography enthusiast, that is making available for purchase from his personal library of books related to photography.

The following are the 20 titles in my collection of diverse photography-related books, which I am hoping to sell as a single batch to any camera buff interested in purchasing them. All are in acceptable condition, most are in excellent condition; a few are like new. Alphabetical by title. If you’re interested please contact me directly by email.

  • Ancestral Dialogs: The Photographs of Albert Chong 1994
  • Close to Home: Seven Documentary Photographers 1989
  • Cycles, A Decade of Photographs, Judith Golden 1988
  • Don Worth: Photographs 1955-1985, Friends of Photography 1986
  • Eikoh Hosoe, Friends of Photography 1986
  • EW 100: Centennial Essays in Honor of Edward Weston, Friends of Photography 1986
  • Landscapes from the Middle of the World, Frank Gohlke 1988
  • Lorna Simpson, Deborah Willis 1992
  • Mario Giacomelli, Friends of Photography 1983
  • Mary Ellen Marks: Photographs of Missions of Charity 1985
  • Nicholas Nixon: Photographs from One Year 1983
  • Night Walk, Michael Kenna 1988
  • Of Time and Place, Walker Evans & William Christenberry 1990
  • Optiks, Zeke Berman 1991
  • Postures, Marsha Burns 1982
  • Roy DeCarava: Photographs, ed. James Alinder
  • The Contact Print, James Alinder 1982
  • Todd Walker: Photographs 1985
  • Toward a Truer Life: Photographs of of China 1980-90, Reagan Louie
  • Weighing the Planets, Olivia Parker 1987

Hello world!


Welcome to the China Lake Photographic Society website. This is the beginning of a new endeavor for the group. We hoped that we can provide another way of sharing the passion for photography and digital imaging.

This process will not happen over night, however with consistent effort and contributions from those in the Indian Wells Valley and beyond this will be a wonderful place to share, learn, and grow as photographers and artists.