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Monday, May 22, 2017

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get by Robert Glenn Ketchum

by Robert Glenn Ketchum


Growing up my parents had a home near Sun Valley, Idaho. It was there that I learned to ski. Over many years I befriended members of the Decker Flat Climbing and Frisbee Club, with whom I had both life, and art-forming outdoor experiences. I had my camera, and these are my adventures.  Enjoy!!  ~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Monday, May 22, 2017

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #55:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET, #55:  More typical to daily cabin behavior are cross-country skiing trips to various views and vantage points around Pettit Lake. Just a bit further down the lakeshore there is actually a summer trailhead for a great loop hike that rises into some very high granite basins and connects Alice Lake, Twin Lakes, Toxaway, and few smaller ones, so frequently in the winter we would set out on one direction of the loop or the other with the intention of reaching one of the lakes, it just never happens that we get there. The simplest and most direct approach is to ski across frozen Pettit Lake and start up the canyon beneath Parks Peak that leads to Alice Lake. It sounds good in theory, and this day is nice and sunny enough, but as we near the end of Pettit and enter the heavily forested canyon, the walls steepen to absurd verticality on one side, and offer little refuge from potential avalanche on the other. At our farthest point of access on this day’s ski, we arrive at here. This is, “Sheer Wall,” another image that would become part of my portfolio, “Winters:1970-1980.” This also seems like a good place to stop for lunchsnacks and some sun, so we break out the smoked clams and crackers and listen to the gentle breeze rustle through the trees. Or not! In the middle of our winter solitude, a new sounds echoes through the walls of the canyon, a sort of low rumble. Unsure what it is at first, we all soon realize it is an avalanche SOMEWHERE, and we study the walls around US to see if they are moving. Not this time, but it is definitely lunch over and time to retreat downcanyon.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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STONED IMMACULATE: A Trip in the Desert by Robert Glenn Ketchum

STONED IMMACULATE:  A Trip in the Desert
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

As a young photographer, two places I “discovered” by chance greatly influenced both my photographic vision and my personal relationship with the greater planet. A previous blog, LIMEKILN, is the story of the first location. THIS is the second location which I discovered because my car broke down. As Jim Morrison/The Doors wrote, “Out here we is stoned Immaculate!"



Monday, May 22, 2017

Stoned Immaculate, #29:
Immaculate, #29:  While in the meandering, rock-carved wash (previous post), the walls of the slot were steep but still offered angles that could be scrambled up. Now I am entering a new side-canyon, and once again the walls have risen above me vertically, and in some cases, overhanging. As I approach a bend in the narrows, it is literally aglow, and as I round the corner, this concave looms before me. It is a tall dramatic wall, radiating with orange and magenta hues, and the longer I stare, the stranger the luminous blue-purple colors become. They do not seem to be “in” the rocks, but rather “floating” above them, almost like looking through a wave of water. A WILD shiver runs up my back and I can sense that somehow my day is actually just beginning, everything to this point has been “practice.” Obviously, if I have come this far, I MUST want to play, so, GAME ON!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
SOCIAL MEDIA by #LittleBearProd: http://www.LittleBearProd.com
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Venice Art Walk 2017

Tomorrow is the ARTwalk at Google headquarters in Venice. It promises to be a perfect day of beach weather. Come enjoy the party, have some great food, and buy art for a good cause. If you scroll the catalog you will see  auction donations come from many of the most notable artists in Los Angeles. My piece is UNIQUE and made just for the event. Go bid it up! I give 100% of my sale to support the Venice Family Clinic. I hope to see you there.

Feel free to bid up my piece, “Peaking In My Butterfly Garden.”



https://paddle8.com/work/robert-glenn-ketchum/141459-peaking-in-my-butterfly-garden/

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
SOCIAL MEDIA by #LittleBearProd: http://www.LittleBearProd.com


Friday, May 19, 2017

My Life in the Garden of Eden by Robert Glenn Ketchum

My Life in the Garden of Eden
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

As part of paying the bills in my professional career, I photographed a number of significant gardens. I helped create several pretty amazing ones as well. Some of these pictures have been published in various books, but most have never been seen. In this blog, I will show you all my best garden images AND discuss garden design.



Friday, May 19, 2017


My Life in the Garden of Eden, #46:
Garden, #46:  Regardless of the unusual “objects” we may put in our gardens to adorn them, for me the individual plants are “the show.” Admittedly, it is a passing show, extremely fleeting because it is as much about the light as it is about the plants, but if you spend time in your garden, there are a LOT of those moments. Working in my garden is part of my exercise regimen. I have always hated gyms and since I am not as active in the field as I once was, I spend a good deal of time gardening. (Trying to weed out the dune grass is as physical a job as you may ever want - LOL) I also keep my iPhone in my pocket while I am working. Because I truly AM out in the garden every day, I am visited by a variety of birdlife that recognizes me, and several hummingbirds that “follow” me to observe what I am doing at VERY close range. For that reason, regardless of my task at hand, I am always looking around, and when something “goes off,” I jump up and take yet-another picture. A friend of mine, photographer, Jim Brandenburg, did a feature for National Geographic magazine, in which he attempted to make one significant picture every day for one year in the proximity of his general property. Perhaps I should explore that idea. This IS my “Buddha” garden, but this is “the show” that both Buddha and I are watching.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
SOCIAL MEDIA by #LittleBearProd: http://www.LittleBearProd.com
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The Daze of My Life: Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography


Biographies are studies of someone's life based on cumulative research. Good ones may reveal something, but probably barely scratch the surface of what actually went on. The internet is allowing me to do something VERY different. 
~Robeert Glenn Ketchum






Friday, May 19, 2017

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #46:
Daze, #46:  Back at the Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, I am nearing the end of my first year when the technical teaching will end. I have learned to shoot with a view camera, print exhibit quality B&W, and work with color. Now they would have me choose a field of specialization such as “wedding photography,” or perhaps learn to manage a large studio and shoot huge products like cars. There is no specialty for “landscape,” so I am applying to the brand new graduate program that has just opened at the formative California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). At Brooks, I have always been in the top 5 of my class, and of all of us, I am the one in class that is the most irreverent about Brooks’ desires to shape our work as well as our personal appearance (they did NOT like my long hair). They also found my landscapes “technically acceptable” as good photography, but the subject matter was considered dismissible and pointless (how will you make any money taking these pictures?). And, of course, when women were photographed, they were models or brides. There were “no nudes allowed.” That is, until the final project of our first year, when we are told we are free to do “anything we want.” It is also suggested we “be inventive.” So, I am. This is “Radiant Woman,” an 8”x10", hand-colored and airbrushed, multiple solarization of a nude, very non-model-model in the landscape (real women have curves). You can hear the squacking when I put this up in class, which ends quite soon in complete silence as my teacher begins to inspect this print. He stares for some time, then turns and says,”You spent a lot of time to do this, do you think someone might buy it?” As I am about to respond, a classmate blurts out, “It would make a great Led Zeppelin album cover!” Everyone laughs, my teacher shrugs, and says, “Maybe, but regardless, it is a beautiful image that succeeds, so it gets away with breaking rules. Congratulations!” (Cheering is heard in the background - LOL).
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
SOCIAL MEDIA by #LittleBearProd: http://www.LittleBearProd.com
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

2017 Venice Art Walk, "Peaking in My Butterfly Garden" by Robert Glenn Ketchum


The Venice ARTwalk display at Google is still some weeks away, but TODAY the Paddle8 Auction begins online.

Feel free to bid up my piece, “Peaking In My Butterfly Garden.”



https://paddle8.com/work/robert-glenn-ketchum/141459-peaking-in-my-butterfly-garden/

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
SOCIAL MEDIA by #LittleBearProd: http://www.LittleBearProd.com


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Venice Art Walk 2017

“Peaking in My Butterfly Garden” 2017*


Once again it is time for the Venice ARTwalk, one of the truly fun all-weekend parties in Los Angeles. Come see great art displayed at the Google headquarters and buy something at the auction to support the Venice Family Clinic. I always create a UNIQUE piece for this event, so please join us and bid on it. At 30” wide, my contribution this year: “Peaking in My Butterfly Garden”
For more info:
https://theveniceartwalk.org



Venice Art Walk 2017

May 21, 2017
12pm-6pm
340 Main Street
Venice, California


*photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
SOCIAL MEDIA by #LittleBearProd: http://www.LittleBearProd.com

Friday, April 7, 2017

Outdoor Photographer, "Alaskan Legacy. How Robert Glenn Ketchum Became a Leading Advocate for the Preservation of Southwest Alaska’s Ecosystems and Economies" By Wes Pitts


How Robert Glenn Ketchum became a leading advocate for the preservation of Southwest Alaska’s ecosystems and economies

By Wes Pitts / Photography By Robert Glenn Ketchum | April 5, 2017

The approximate location of the proposed Pebble mine. If it were to be built, this view would be an industrialized hole in the ground over two miles across and 2,000 feet deep.
Few outsiders know Southwest Alaska as intimately as Robert Glenn Ketchum. Remote and vast, the region has limited roadways, requiring planes and boats to explore. It’s also home to several national and state parks, wildlife reserves, complex ecosystems and the largest salmon fishery in the world, Bristol Bay, which supplies half of the global sockeye salmon catch.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

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, March 2, 2017
Silk Road - Embroideries #215
SILK ROAD #215:  In post #199, I teased you with this and explained that my collaborative work with Zhang Meifang and her guild of embroiderers was moving in two directions simultaneously at this time. While “YK Delta from 1500” was been woven on the huge loom created just to make that 4-panel piece (posts #200-215), the above image was being crafted in the embroidery workshop. “YK Delta from 1500” is a weaving that continues to explore the “transparency” of a subject, in that it is a 2-sided weaving, and parts of it bear little or no stitches and are thus, transparent. We have used this “transparency” to render water and sky “space” in many previous pieces, however, we have also spent a great deal of effort on highly detailed and stitch-rich subjects. At first creating them just to accomplish accurately rendering a photograph, but eventually learning to play with various aspects of the stitch design using texture, color, to affect the visual sense of dimensional space. Once Zhang realized how an embroidery can capture the realism in most photographs, both she and I began to enjoy those images where the challenge was increased in some way. From previous work, we both knew this image could be rendered with great detail, but we were curious to see if the illusion of motion could also be represented. Additionally, Zhang felt that if that could be done, it would make the highly rendered details more pronounced and dimensional, so she asked the embroiderers to stitch the forest with GREAT attention to individual branches, leaves, color relations, and textures, to which the blur of motion would be overlain.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Friday, February 3, 2017

Gung Hay Fat Choy 2017 by Robert Glenn Ketchum



Gung Hay Fat Choy!  Welcome to 2017, the Year of the Rooster.


If it is not already obvious, the rooster always wants to be in charge; he acts aggressively with everyone else in the barnyard; he sets his own schedule and expects everyone else to follow him; and, he is very proud of himself when he feels he has accomplished something, so he crows about it. With each passing year I come to appreciate the perceptive insights of the Chinese birth animals and the metaphors they serve for us in real life. 2017 is no exception.