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Friday, August 29, 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, August 29, 2014

Traveling in China Since 1985, #94
CHINA #94: Carey and I walked to this more remote sunset view, in part, because it was the pathway we would follow out and down in the morning. From our hotel, we had to navigate some guest houses where tourists were staying, as well as several employee "villages" in order to reach this spot.  This is where the staircase first plunges downward (to the left in this picture), leaving the 'service' area of the mountain, entering the 'wilder' mountain park. We needed to be sure of our route, so in the early morning hour of our departure, we would lose no time being confused by the numerous trails. Staring down into the darkening abyss at the infinity of stairs, I thought of a quote from a great Alaskan adventurer Norman Vaughan, who said, "The only death you die is the death you die every day by not living. Dream big and dare to fail." So, here we go... we are a LONG way from home!
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, August 29, 2014

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #27
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #27 - 1985 to the Present:  Given what was happening as megastructures popped-up all over the city, and more and more #Chinese began to drive cars, #Shanghai had to re-engineer its entire road systems. BUT, in a city as old and established as Shanghai, this task was staggering. In order to accommodate more scooters and bikes, and less cars, the system also had to be bike-friendly. Even as Shanghai grew more modern and fashionable, on any given day thousands of residents manoeuvre these streets on their bicycles.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

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Thursday, August 28, 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, August 28, 2014

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #28
Suzhou #28: It wasn't only the boats that were doing the heavy lifting. #Suzhou was eager to forge ahead into the New #China, especially to have better #water quality in the canals and a better system of sewage and water delivery in the homes. In the beginning, however, they did not yet have enough heavy industrial equipment to meet all the demands of reconstruction, so much of the work was done by VERY physical manual labor. This crew is working on digging out a canal and removing the toxic bottom mud. The density of this mud makes it incredibly heavy.  As you can see, it takes two people to carry one yoke. It took weeks, and thousands of trips down into and back up out of the canal to complete the work. How about that twist-tie / bamboo pole bridge that supported all that weight and traffic... simply amazing!
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, August 28, 2014

Silk Road - Embroideries #84
SILK ROAD #84: Because I saw this image of "3 Trees" as very much like a #Chinese brush painting, I wanted to carry that "feeling" through to the finished piece. There was a technique we had not used called "Chuo Sha" that involves bordering the #embroidery image with a stitched pattern repeat, all of this sewn into the same matrix base. The "Chuo Sha" border in this case has been created by a technique called "pierced silk." The finished piece is approximately 16"x 20", exclusive of the frame. The frame created specifically for this piece, is a mahogany swivel-based stand with the symbols of a Phoenix carved as part of the framing element. This 2-sided embroidery also employs 4 different stitches, most notable of which are the trees that have been rendered with the "acupuncture" stitch in varying sizes. My friend and embroiderer of many of my most important pieces, Huang Chunya, completed this image in 6-months time... while also working on other pieces of mine!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

TATSHESHINI: Saving a River Wild

TATSHESHINI: 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, August 27, 2014

TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #12
TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #12: After those fleeting rays of nearly horizontal last light lit up the proposed #Windy-Craggy mine site, the #Tatshenshini river corridor and our camp dropped into the shade of the coming night. Looking downriver I could see the glaciated summits of the #CoastalRange - some of the tallest coastal mountains in the world - and I knew in the morning we would float toward them! Sometime during the next day's travel we expected to be joined by the huge #Alsek River coming out of #Kluane National Park and Preserve on the Canadian side, but also fed by the eastern snowfields of one of America's largest national parks, #Wrangell-St.Elias. Mt. St. Elias is one of the steepest vertical displacements in the world, rising 18,000-feet from its shoreline base. Because it faces directly into the Gulf of Alaska and horrific weather, the 13.2 million acres of the national park support a huge complex of snowfields and watershed, a part of which we will soon meet. Where the two rivers come together, thousands of sand bars have been created, and hopefully one of those will be our next home, referred to by the guides as 'The Confluence Camp'.
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, August 27, 2014 


NO PEBBLE MINE #102, Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #102, Pictures from Ground Zero: Fed by rain and snow from the #Aleutian Mountain Range that runs through #Katmai National Park and Preserve, the designated Wild and Scenic River, the #Alagnak, is a sizeable and complex system that departs the park and flows through its "protected" corridor outside the park into the Bristol Bay fishery. Internationally known for its FANTASTIC fly-fishing, people from all over the world spend a great deal of money to come in for a week and float 74-miles through this remarkable habitat. There are definitely #salmon down there, HOWEVER it is the chance of catching a truly giant rainbow #trout (25-pounds) that is the most desired experience.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Tuesday, August 26, 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, August 26, 2014

TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #1
TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #1: The end of this month marks the official 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act (#Wilderness). HAPPY 50TH WILDERNESS ACT!! To celebrate, there are many photography exhibitions around the country, and on August 30th, I will be part of one that opens at the Crary Art Gallery in Warren, PA entitled: "Wilderness at 50: Photographic Reflections on the Legacy of Tionesta Visionary Howard Zahniser." Howard Zahniser envisioned and helped draft the original Wilderness Act and he lived nearby (Tionesta). Of the many photographers who have remarkable images made IN wilderness areas, I AM ONE OF THE FEW WHOSE WORK HAS ACTUALLY HELPED CREATE WILDERNESS AREAS. So, in celebration of the 50th, I am starting this new blog which will be focused on a wilderness area in the #Tongass rainforest of southeast Alaska. The tale will tell of a 10-day kayak trip that forever altered how I see the world - a testament to WHY wilderness is important. I hope you enjoy this new blog - Welcome to Tracy Arm-Ford's Terror Wilderness!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wilderness #Wilderness #Tongass

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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, August 26, 2014

San Ignacio Lagoon: SAVED For the Whales! #87:
SAN IGNACIO WHALES #87: Over the decade that this #media #campaign ran, the players that assembled for the first visit went about their missions: The #Aridjis' rallied Spanish language readers; #RichardSobol (from the #LATimes) and I saw that our pictures were published in as many places as we could get them.  And the local groups, #ProEsteros and #ProNatura coordinated with #NRDC to broaden community involvement and expand their economy. For the first 5-years or so, #Mexico seemed willing to go ahead with allowing #Mitsubishi to develop the proposed salt complex. Then traction from the #campaign began to kick-in. Perhaps the most ingenious step was taken by #JoelReynolds, senior attorney in NRDC's west coast office and one of the originators of the #SanIgnacioLagoon campaign - NRDC would pay to run full-page ads in major national newspapers telling the story and asking the public to protest the industrial development and protect the #whale birthing area.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #SanIgnacioLagoon @NRDC @AudubonMagazine @RobertKennedyJr @PierceBrosnan @JMCousteau @HomeroAridjis @ProNaturaMexico @PentaxOnline @FujiFilmUS


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Monday, August 25, 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, August 25, 2014

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #99:
HUDSON RIVER #99: Although there are a few #HudsonRiverSchool #paintings depicting #winter scenes, notably #FredericChurch's, "View from Olana in the Snow," winters in the #Hudson can be cold and harsh and I think the painters preferred warmer, more colorful seasons. Even Church's painting is from his house which he called #Olana, he is not out in the valley wandering around. A century later, however, I had skied and winter camped since I was 13-years old. I was also working with #film, so I did not have to worry about my paint freezing, AND #Patagonia and I were developing a life-long friendship so I had GREAT winter clothing and wanted to be out there on difficult days because the magic of the light in the Hudson Valley was as much a part of winter as it was any of the other seasons.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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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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