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Friday, November 21, 2014

Traveling in CHINA Since 1985 by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Traveling in CHINA Since 1985 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. Earthwatch was one organization that allowed foreigners to visit China without going through too much red-tape. These photographs are a first glimpse into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum. 




Friday, November 21, 2014

Traveling in China Since 1985, #106
CHINA #106:  The path became stairs once again and took a stunningly steep dive into a #slot-ravine of #trees. We descended hundreds of feet only to climb back UP through huge cracks in a boulder-wall on a REALLY precarious stair section with virtually no rail! There was even a resting #pavilion halfway up this arduous section. Leaving that pavilion, the climb continued, up and to the left. #YuPingLu was through the gap at the top left... we hoped! Still, the total distance did not seem right to me as Yu Ping Lu appeared further out along the ridge when we last viewed it.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China @Earthwatch_org

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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, November 21, 2014

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #39
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #39 - 1985 to the Present:  That last post was of The #Bund, which you now view on the opposite shoreline in this picture. My POV in post #38 was from the raised esplanade at the shoreline, looking at the buildings to the middle-right of the foreground tower. I took THIS picture in a rush as the tower(s) were rising so quickly, the view disappeared if you blinked.  LOL! More about that disappearing view on this side of the river, later. On the other side of the river in this shot, The Bund is nearly invisible, defined more by the river than its own presence. The large, stately #architecture is completely lost in the stunning scale and sheer numbers in the forest of skyscrapers that now spread into the haze of the horizon in EVERY direction from this amazing vantage point in the #JinMao tower.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

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, November 20, 2014

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #40
Suzhou #40:  In my earlier posts #30 & #31, I commented on the textures of the #historical buildings and homes.  Those comments are perfectly exemplified here:  a splurge of painted color on the house; the random form and tones of the scavenged discarded brick/rock wall; and, a garden of not only pots, but of vines and small trees that have woven their roots into the unmortared crevices.  All glowing radiantly here after a rain, like some kind of living, breathing painting.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Suzhuo

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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, November 20, 2014

Silk Road - Embroideries #96
SILK ROAD #96:  In conjunction with a 20-year retrospective #exhibition organized for me by the #HerbertFJohnson #Museum of #CornellUniversity, #ApertureFoundation published, THE LEGACY OF WILDNESS:  THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM. As all the #embroiderers and designers looked through the many images in the book, Zhang took a particular liking to the cover. She was still very excited by the explorations we had begun using 2-sided transparency and hand-painted matrix for various effects of sky and water.  She wanted to use the cover image as a large, 2-sided, swiveling table stand, giving special attention to the fog-water-forest of the overall image. While I did not disagree with those elements as good subject, I felt we had already visited something similar, but in a much grander way, with the previous embroidery, “The Beginning Of Time” (posts #62-71), so I agreed to do this image, but asked that she consider some additional “experiments.”
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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, November 19, 2014

TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #24
TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #24:  As the day wore on, the #weather didn't clear, however it didn't rain on us, and we had numerous sunny breaks. Following a late lunch stop, we drifted for several more hours in search of a very specific #beach that would give us access to walking on a #glacier. It was getting late and the angle of the sun was low, slipping under some clouds and highlighting a very stark landscape. We were floating by an edge of terminal #moraine, left by a retreating glacier that previously came all the way to the #river. The glacier that reached the river and deposited this moraine was fed by several others, all of which were coming down from the numerous summits in the distance, into a valley that lies between the green hills and the peaks beyond. Soon the river would swing us to the left, around this deposit and a small #cove would appear in which to eddy-out and set-up camp. We would sleep within a short walk to the "tongue" of the #WalkerGlacier.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @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, November 19, 2014 


NO PEBBLE MINE #114, Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #114, Pictures from Ground Zero:  Here a valley between rolling foothills begins a #headwater to some #stream. As it flows downward, it will merge, and merge again, growing in volume and size, feeding into the huge fishery system that is #BristolBay. These pristine parks, wild lands, and pure waters are the essential habitat of THE LAST GREAT AMERICAN FISHERY THAT IS NOT CONTAMINATED! All of these recent images posted would be immediately adjacent the Pebble mine site were it to be developed.  ANY mistakes at the mine would immediately flush-out into these headwaters. Trading American food resources and an annual $1-BILLION+ RENEWABLE fishery industry for foreign investor-driven, gold-greed is just wrong – SAY NO THE PEBBLE MINE!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

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, November 18, 2014

TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #13
TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #13:   Still adjusting to the #kayak positioning, and the strength demands of somewhat constant paddling, Carey is more than happy to be ashore, and in the process of stretching her back in an alternative direction for awhile. The clouds have lifted, the rain seems to be clearing momentarily, camp has been set-up in the woods, a meal is being prepared, and we are officially OUT THERE – very much on our own. Our party of three has two kayaks.  A single, and a two-man “cargo” carrier, which are off the beach, anchored to trees in the forest. The tide tonight will leave about 1-foot of shore between the mossy forest floor and the saltwater line, so nothing can be left on the beach or it will be swept away.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wilderness #Wilderness #Tongass

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Monday, November 17, 2014

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, November 17, 2014

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #111:
HUDSON RIVER #111:  Except for the #Adirondack high country, few places in the #Hudson held much snow depth for any length of time. Winter was a process of snow / ice, followed by melt-out, followed by another round of snow / ice, with very little accumulation. Of the many “pleasures-of-the-view” the valley offered, most particularly in its dazzling array of fall color, I like the muted, earthen tones of the winter landscape just as much. I've been told by magazine editors and art directors that these pictures don’t work because they are of “nothing” -- no subject matter of interest. REALLY? The planet looks good to me!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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Thursday, November 13, 2014

1968 Self Portraits by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Self-portrait in 4-F Camouflage, 1968
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
These images were created as part of a class assignment while studying with Robert Heinecken (#RobertHeinecken) at #UCLA in 1968. These are black and white (b/w) photographs that have been highly manipulated in the darkroom, and then painted upon with oils of different transparency value. Heinecken was a very non-traditional photographer who encouraged experimental work.  He furthered my approach and thinking about the process of making pictures begun in my first #photography classes at UCLA, taught by Edmund Teske (#EdmundTeske), also a very non-traditional photographer. I know my work was also influenced by contemporary graphics as well as many of the rock star personalities I was photographing at the time.

self-portrait, tribute to #JimiHendrix, 1968
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
I studied/mentored with Edmund Teske, Robert Heinecken, AND Eliot Porter, so this would be my version of environmental portraiture. No wonder I was never very popular among art directors doing annual reports!

~Robert Glenn Ketchum