National Geographic photographer Rich Reid screened his series of short films and a 12-minute documentary, “Alaska,” on July 14 at the Dove Library. About 115 people attended to hear about the expeditions and wildlife in Alaska. Courtesy photo
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Documentarian screens ‘Alaska’ at Dove Library


CARLSBAD — From Alaska to Antarctica, environmentalist and nature photographer Rich Reid has documented wildlife, people and the environment.

On July 14, he screened his documentary “Alaska,” to about 115 people at the Ruby Schulman Auditorium at the Dove Library.

“He definitely knows all the ins and outs of Alaska,” said Jessica Padilla Bowen, community relations manager for the Carlsbad City Library. “Even those folks who had been to Alaska had a different view after they attended.”

National Geographic photographer Rich Reid speaks to the audience on July 14 at the Dove Library and screened his documentary “Alaska.” Courtesy photo

Reid started his career in journalism and still contributes through his work with National Geographic plus conservation and natural history work. However, he said he never considered a career in photography, but more than 30 years later, his work has taken him all over the globe to photograph some of the world’s greatest wonders.

He also teaches photography and is also part of National Geographic’s expedition team, Lindblad National Geographic, which takes about 100 people on cruises to Alaska, California, Baja, Mexico and, next year, Antarctica, among other locations.

He teaches photography on the expeditions along with guiding patrons through those areas.

As for “Alaska,” Reid said at the July 14 event it was a series of short films based on narratives, time lapses, and wildlife clips with “plenty” of ice and glaciers. He and his family used to live in Alaska and he has also spent 25 years guiding expeditions in The Last Frontier state.

“I guess I was serendipitously laid off and went back to my diving and expedition roots,” Reid said. “I chose that path and in a roundabout way I ended up in Alaska.”

The Carlsbad venue, meanwhile, was one of his best experiences, he said. From the visuals and screen to the audience interaction it was top notch.

He said about half the audience had visited Alaska, while those who had not, centered their questions on the people who reside there.

“Many of the questions were based on their lives, Alaskans’ livelihood,” Reid added. “And then safety issues with bears and glaciers always come up. It’s something to embrace and it’s great to see wildlife in their natural environment. The questions were very poignant and perfect.”

As for the library, Bowen said the city would like to book Reid for another appearance. In addition, the library is launching its Good Life Travel Series, which will be held on Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28 at the Dove Library. Each session is free to the public.

The travel series is new to the library, Bowen explained, and features four guest speakers discussion various destinations. Those include national parks (Yellowstone, Yosemite and Crater Lake), English castles, traveling light and easy and the finale about Italy.

“We’re testing the waters in travel,” Bowen said. “People in Carlsbad are interested in travel, are well traveled and looking for different tips and tricks and places to go.”

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