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Tuesday, November 25, 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 25, 2014

TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #14
TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #14:  TRULY a great find, our #cove not only had a small gravel #beach that was not steep (in a #fiord getting ashore can be difficult), the freshwater #stream came out of a #forest that was large enough to have a big canopy and some open forest floor with room to position the tents and establish a kitchen. The trees not only serve as tie-offs for the “roof” above the kitchen, their branches make stashing food from #bears for the night, much simpler. These are all LUXURIES we will soon appreciate!!!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wilderness #Wilderness #Tongass

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Monday, November 24, 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 24, 2014

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #112:
HUDSON RIVER #112:  As long as I am at it, I will run a little portfolio of pictures of “nothing.” Just a bunch of bare trees here, although I think the #HudsonRiverSchool painter, #ThomasWorthingtonWittredge, would get what I was looking at. The Wittredge painting, “The Old Hunting Ground” was made on a similar afternoon about 100-years earlier. It caught my attention as a painting because it captured the light and busy-ness of the forest with almost camera-like accuracy. Apparently convention at the time called for more subject matter “of interest” though, so Whittredge added a canoe and some Indian romanticism through the title. NONETHELESS, I don’t really think that was his TRUE subject. A century later, I felt no compulsion to “add” anything to make “subject matter,” THIS MOMENT NEEDS NO STORYLINE TO MAKE IT BETTER!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
SOCIAL MEDIA by #LittleBearProd: http://www.LittleBearProd.com
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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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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

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

San Ignacio Lagoon: SAVED for the Whales! by Robert Glenn Ketchum

by Robert Glenn Ketchum

World-Renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum dedicates Tuesday's to the Natural Resources Defense Council's (@NRDC) successful campaign that kept a whale birthing lagoon from industrial development.  Laguna San Ignacio Gray Whale Nursery in Baja California, Mexico is best known as the winter home to the once-endangered gray whale. The lagoon lies within one of the largest ecological preserves in Latin America, designated a Biosphere Reserve / World Heritage Site by the Mexican government in 1988. This blog is part of that story.  Enjoy!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

San Ignacio Lagoon: SAVED For the Whales! #90:
SAN IGNACIO WHALES #90: The bottom line is that A LOT OF PEOPLE showed their human concern for the protection of some amazing fellow travelers on this #planet and now the gray #whales of #SanIgnacioLagoon can continue their long history of using this safe haven as their birthing area and nursery! Thank you #JoelReynolds and #NRDC for inviting me to take part in this. Thank you to Bobbie Kennedy and his family, the Aridjis, Glenn Close and her daughter, and Pierce Brosnan and his son for allowing themselves to be figureheads to this #campaign and for allowing all of us the thousands of pictures, interviews, and words that it took. This was a privilege for me, as well as an education.  AND a chance to physically interact with one of the largest minds and creatures on this planet. This is the last post of this story, so I hope you have enjoyed what I have tried to relate and that you will take the opportunity to visit San Ignacio, touch a whale, drink some tequila and cerveza and watch the sun rise and set in shimmering radiance of the tidal fluctuations.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #SanIgnacioLagoon @NRDC @AudubonMagazine @RobertKennedyJr @PierceBrosnan @JMCousteau @HomeroAridjis @ProNaturaMexico @PentaxOnline @FujiFilmUS


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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Robert Glenn Ketchum: A Life at the Intersection of Pictures and Politics at The G2 Gallery

photograph © copyright, Robert Glenn Ketchum, 2014

ASMP LA Presents

Robert Glenn Ketchum: A Life at the Intersection of Pictures and Politics at The G2 Gallery:

Join ASMPLA and the G2 Gallery for a night with conservation photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.

August 26, 2014
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM (Social time starts at 6:30 PM)


ASMP LA @ The G2 Gallery
1503 Abbot Kinney Road
Venice, CA 90291
+1.310.452.2842

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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Costs
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  • $20.00—Non-member
  • $5.00—Student