BANGOR, Maine — Thomas and Lynn Abercrombie spent 40 years traveling the world to collect photos and stories, inspiring their daughter to want to pay tribute to them.
Mari Abercrombie of Newburgh will read from her book about the life of her parents, “Traveling the World for National Geographic,” at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, in the Story Room at Bangor Public Library.
Abercrombie’s parents’ cameras were smashed in Yemen. Her father helped with an emergency toe amputation in the Himalayas. When a young tribal member from an isolated village in Venezuela taught Tom to drink water using a leaf, he learned that “here, in this cozy village, it is I that is the savage.”
Armed with a medical kit, a pilot’s license, a scuba certificate and several quality cameras, Thomas and Lynn captured iconic pictures. Two photographs, “Mecca at Night during Haj, Saudi Arabia” and “Woman with Birdcage, Afghanistan,” appear in National Geographic’s collection of “50 Best Photos.”
Mari Abercrombie is director of Windover Art Center in Hampden and wrote the book in honor of her parents’ accomplishments. During five years of research, she scanned more than 350 high-quality photographs for the book. Lynn Abercrombie contributed exact details of adventures, such as the time spent on the South Pole and their two years with Jacques-Yves Cousteau.
Mari and her son edited the book and created a press, Birch Landing Press, for the publication. After the Bangor presentation, Mari will travel to Washington, where Qaboos bin Said Al Said, the sultan of Oman, will host a book signing.
“Traveling the World for National Geographic” is available by mail for $60 plus $10 shipping from Birch Landing Press, 3001 Kennebec Road, Newburgh, ME 04444.