Globetrotting photographer visits Center for the Arts Thursday, shares his story |

Globetrotting photographer visits Center for the Arts Thursday, shares his story

Rick Gunn traveled the world by bicycle and will share his story at the Grass Valley Center for the Arts Thursday.

A former newspaper photographer, Gunn quit his job in 2005 and traveled across the world by bike, taking pictures along the way. The South Lake Tahoe resident took in both the developed worlds of North America and Western Europe and the third-world nations in Central and Southern Asia.

He said the latter gave him a powerful viewpoint of the world.

“On a bicycle you are immersed, you’re part and parcel of everything there,” Gunn said. “Poverty and disease, you’ve got a front row seat.”

Gunn said the moment was seminal and spurred him to action.

“I made a promise to myself and I made a promise to the people when I was in these places, seeing what I saw, that for the rest of my time here I would do something,” he said.

The slideshow contains pictures of these places which may be too strong for children under 8. It is shceduled to start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Center for the Arts. A $10 donation is suggested.

For more on this story, check out Tuesday’s print edition of The Union.

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