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Friday, May 22, 2015

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient by Robert Glenn Ketchum

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient by Robert Glenn Ketchum

During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. These photographs are a continuation of other ongoing blog threads of the first glimpses into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.


Friday, May 22, 2015


SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #65
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #65 - 1985 to the Present:  In my previous post, I noted the #Pudong waterfront esplanade has become a popular place to walk, enjoy the view and the breeze, AND to have some Haagen-dazs. I mentioned Haagen-dazs specifically because their advertising on the esplanade has been somewhat odd. These large posters appeared behind glass in numerous places along the walk and they must work because the store is jammed. For me, however, I don’t quite get the connection. There are no Chinese involved AND this looks more like an Abercrombie & Fitch billboard. Perhaps it implies ice cream is like sex for some people... which is true, AND the Chinese love symbolic meaning. It is good they have protected the poster from striding as well. (What????) And why would you ?
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Welcome to SUZHOU, 1985 - to the present by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present by Robert Glenn Ketchum

During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. These photographs are a continuation of other ongoing blog threads of the first glimpses into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer 
Robert Glenn Ketchum.




Thursday, May 21, 2015

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #66
Suzhou #66:   The #exhibition drew a large audience in #HongKong and received considerable press. The book was selling well, worldwide. “CHINA: Fifty Years Inside the People’s Republic” attracted enormous international attention because it brought to life events, personalities, and a view of #Chinese daily life that had been virtually invisible to the outside world for a considerable length of time. Many #photographers in the show were #journalists, and we knew they would bear the brunt of the “edit” by the Minister of Culture before the work would be displayed at the new #Shanghai Museum. When the exhibit closed in Hong Kong, we were all curious to learn what had been censored. With nothing but pictures of boats and canals in now-historic #Suzhou, I had no concerns and never even considered being edited...
ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Suzhou

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SILK ROAD - Embroideries of Robert Glenn Ketchum

Silk Road - Embroideries of Robert Glenn Ketchum

The city of Suzhou, China, produced China's most beautiful silk and silk embroidery practiced by generational families for 3,000 years. My purpose in going to China starting in the mid-1980's was to turn my photographs into textiles, and this is my story. ~Robert Glenn Ketchum


Thursday, May 21, 2015


Silk Road - Embroideries #122
SILK ROAD #122:   The #embroidery, “Emperor Kangxi’s Inspection Tour of Southern China,” is 21-feet wide, in 4-panels. The catalog #photograph crosses two page seams, so I am not going to be able to show you the entire image, just two of the panels. This is the third detail I will offer before doing that. This part of the scene actually shows the arrival of the emperor. He is entering middle-right, where the canopy is being held to shade him. A crowd has assembled in greeting, and some of them are bowing on their knees. EVERY figure has facial details – it is just absolutely amazing.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild

TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild by Robert Glenn Ketchum

In 1990, I was invited on a 10-day float down the Tatshenshini, a huge river system flowing from Western Canada to the Pacific Ocean that literally divides two of North America's largest national parks, Canada's Kluane National Park and Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. A gold mine was being proposed mid-river. I broke the story in LIFE magazine. There were many other articles and a book. The mine was never developed and the river is now a wilderness corridor. This is a conservation SUCCESS story!


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #50
TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #50:  Some low clouds still clung to the #Canadian side of #AlsekLake, as it was more interior, however where the ranges faced the coast directly, it was dazzlingly clear. With our last walk-around over, we climbed into the boats and launched our day. We were on the #river and were being carried along by the strength of the current, but when we entered the lake there was still considerable current pushing us, so as this loomed up, our oarsman / guide suggested that we all JOIN IN on the paddle. Rather suddenly this clumsy, heavy, rubber raft thing took on a whole new light as we watched big bergs collide and grind into each other, sometimes rolling over, and always bristling with sharp points of ice that we surely did NOT want to brush against!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Tatshenshini @glacierbaynps @Life @Wilderness #WeAreTheWild @nature_AK

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NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero by Robert Glenn Ketchum

NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures from Ground Zero 
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Thank you to the EPA for recognizing the value of the Bristol Bay fishery. 
NOW, what can we do to protect this habitat further? 
Mission: To protect the national parks and national refuges of southwest Alaska, 
and the Bristol Bay fishery from the development of the Pebble mine, and other commercial risks.



Wednesday, May 20, 2015 

NO PEBBLE MINE #140, Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #140, Pictures from Ground Zero:   Looking across the saddle at the range on the other side of the lake it's clear what a remarkable cirque of summits surrounds #TwinLakes. We were still basking in our spot of warming sunlight, yet rising clouds on the opposite shore revealed rugged peaks covered with a light dusting of snow. It reminded us of how lucky we were to be right at the apex of fall color before winter sets in. Our group grew quiet as we slipped into personal reflections of the moment. A symphony of wind and rushing water sounds from the river below took over. The glacial erractics just stood watch, and kindly, the bears chose NOT to join our picnic.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TRACY ARM WILDERNESS - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time by Robert Glenn Ketchum

TRACY ARM WILDERNESS - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time by Robert Glenn Ketchum

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act (#Wilderness), this new blog focuses on a wilderness area in the #Tongass rainforest of southeast Alaska. This is the tale of a 10-day kayak trip - a testament to WHY wilderness is important, by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.





Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #39
TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #39:  Returning to the map once again, you need to see this to believe it! Our black-bear-beach camp is just out of site on the bottom, left shoreline. The morning paddle brought us around the “S” curve, and in the middle of this next section the tide turned against us while we snacked. The last post (#38) shows a small rocky peninsula to the right and massive walls to the left. That POV is from the bay before the “Y” in the #fjord. The rocky peninsula in that picture is almost in the middle of this map, pointing directly across at another peninsula. At the moment our paddling POV has not yet revealed the small island, NOR any of the fjord running off to the left (top) of the map. This “gateway” that we will soon be passing was once the face of the #SawyerGlacier. In rapid retreat, the Sawyer has now split into north and south “arms”, and we are about to enter the big bay where the arms divide.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wilderness #Wilderness #Tongass

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Monday, May 18, 2015

The HUDSON RIVER and the Highlands by Robert Glenn Ketchum

by Robert Glenn Ketchum


This is the story of my first major commission and book, THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS (Aperture, 1985). In 1984, #StephenShore, #WilliamClift, and I received a 2-year commission from the Lila Acheson Wallace Fund to photograph the #HudsonRiverValley. This blog tells the tale of the book, with many photos not seen before. Enjoy!



Monday, May 18, 2015

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #137:
HUDSON RIVER #137:   The #PalisadesInterstateParkway closely follows the #HudsonRiver shoreline through most of #BergenCounty, New Jersey, running along the top of the palisade. On the eastern shore, #NewYork #Route9 also parallels the river but in a more meandering way, wandering a bit inland through the cities of #Yonkers, #HastingOnHudson, and #DobbsFerry. However, the rail tracks of #MetroNorth quite literally run ALONG the eastern shoreline, which unlike the western shore, is FULLY developed. Riding this train offers an amazing view of the river on one side and the “historic” residential and industrial sites on the other. During my commission, the more I learned about what I was seeing, the more I could appreciate the layers of the 400yrs. of American history that lie upon this landscape, and these tracks are part of it.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

CONSERVATION: Greenhouse Project 101

Follow #LittleBearProd (r.r. bernet)'s board CONSERVATION: Greenhouse Recycling Old Windows & Growing Plants on Pinterest.
Our step-by-step foray into constructing an #upcycled #Greenhouse out of #recycled windows that were destined for the dump...

Note:  This blog post is an ongoing chronicle of the construction of our #Greenhouse project, so it starts with the most recent entries at the top... To read this story from the beginning, scroll down to the first entry.

~ Entry 15 ~


The finished project!  



Monday, March 30, 2015

Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 featuring Robert Glenn Ketchum





April 2, 2015 – April 26, 2015

About Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 
Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 is an inspiring, collective exhibit focused on the protected parks of the United States, featuring images from award-winning photographers, including Jack Dykinga, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Ian Shive, Michael Miner and Louie Schwartzberg. Their subjects range from Mojave National Preserve to the Channel Islands and many more public lands across the country.

The exhibit was envisioned by the Western National Parks Association, The G2 Gallery and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, with the intent of sharing the diverse natural beauty of municipal, state, regional and national parks, while promoting their protection and stewardship. Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 -- housed in the heart of downtown L.A. -- hopes to raise awareness about the variety of public lands accessible to urban residents just outside the city.

Earth Month: : Los Angeles is sponsored by El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Western National Parks Association, The G2 Gallery, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and California State Parks.

Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 Artists:

Beverly Houwing
Buddy Weiss
Charity Vargas
Dan Gottlieb
Don Whitebread
Ian Shive
Jack Dykinga
Jenny Ross
Jodie Hulden
xRez
Allan Ross
Jim Stimson
Marc Muench
Peter Essick
Jolene Hanson
Larry Brownstien
Louie Schwartzberg
Matthew Khuns
Michael Caley
Michael Miner
Robert Glenn Ketchum
Stephen Strom
Tom Lowe
Vidya Narasimhan
Scott Tansey
Matt Whitmire – Griffith Park Trail Cam
Will Taylor

Pico House 
424 N. Main St 
Los Angeles, CA 90012 
+1.212.628.1274

M-F 10-5
Sat & Sun 10-6 
* please note the Pico House closes periodically for filming and events.

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