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Monday, February 8, 2016

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, February 8, 2016
'Twilight in the Wilderness', 1860. Frederic Edwin Church (American, 1826-1900). The Cleveland Museum of Art. Oil on canvas, Framed: 124.00 x 185.00 x 13.00 cm (48 13/16 x 72 13/16 x 5 1/16 inches); Unframed: 101.60 x 162.60 cm (40 x 64 inches). Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1965.233
THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #175:
HUDSON RIVER #175:  Like most mountain ranges, the #Catskills support a diverse lake system. As a last tribute to this interesting part of the #HudsonRiverValley before continuing our journey upriver, I thought I would leave you with the ultimate rendering of a Catskill lake. Along with #ThomasCole, #FredericEdwinChurch is considered one of the most important painters in the #HudsonRiverSchool. In the post next week I will show you a winter view from his home #Olana, which sits across the river and has a view of the range. Here, however, is a very different perspective, Church’s stunning, “Twilight in the Wilderness.” HEY, PHOTOGRAPHERS! Did he get this right?
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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Friday, February 5, 2016

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, February 5, 2016


SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #102
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #102 - 1985 to the Present:  The restoration of #Shanghai’s “old town” was opulent, and at the surface it remained faithful to historic tradition. Taking it all in, I continued to wander in the twisting (and crowded) pedestrian streets and hallways that wound around through the buildings. I wasn't surprised to find odd signage in English, however I'm not sure I was fully prepared for this moment of inevitability. Rounding a corner to enter a more open plaza, the English signage suddenly became all too clear:  DQ! Whaaaat? I guess the #Chinese really love ice cream because of the many franchises to establish themselves early in the game, Kentucky Fried Chicken (@KFC) was one of the first, yet they were quickly followed by Häagen-Dazs (@HaagenDazs_US), and Dairy Queen (@DairyQueen), which seemed to sprout up quite literally EVERYWHERE.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

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Thursday, February 4, 2016

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, February 4, 2016

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #103
Suzhou #103:  The “appropriated” sidewalks tended to occur most on smaller side streets rather than the more trafficked avenues. In some concentrated blocks the accumulation of goods made walking and window-shopping like navigating an obstacle course! Supporting that concept, as I stopped to take this picture of a rather aggressive appropriation, the elderly woman walked through alternately muttering to herself, and then speaking loudly. When I asked my associate what she was saying, I was told she was berating the store owner for blocking her path, and telling him that she expected a discount if she ever had to shop there! (LOL)
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @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, February 4, 2016

Silk Road - Embroideries #159
SILK ROAD #159:   Inspired by a window frame pattern she encountered during a reflective moment in a #SuzhouGarden, Zhang guided the embroiderers to create this, the VERY FIRST chuo sha border to ever be done with a black pattern design. In this detail you can see the careful attention to the “randomness” of the pattern, rather than a balanced, or repeating one. I think the distinct separation of the border design, and the image in this piece is especially striking. And made more so by some of the elaborate, and layered, stitching used to render the accumulated snow, and the surface of the trees.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

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, February 3, 2016

TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #87
TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #87:  With camp set, I grabbed my camera and headed “inland,” away from the sandy shoreline, and toward the older-most established part of the bar that was covered with some soil and a good deal of vegetation. Upon approaching the first patch of grasses, I realized our trip had been blessed with some remarkable timing. EVERYTHING was blooming:  grasses, flowers, small shrubs. Yeow! The window for this spectacle was less than two weeks, and we had arrived, pretty much, AT THE PEAK. Look at those concentrations of bloom (and 26 glaciers), ...and for the moment it was dead still.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @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, February 3, 2016 

NO PEBBLE MINE #177, Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #177, Pictures from Ground Zero:  From this POV we are practically above the proposed Pebble mine site. On the other side of the large hill is the headwater of #TalarikCreek, and beyond that you can see the broad shoreline of #LakeIliamna. Below us the meanders of the #Koktuli and the #Stuyahok rivers wend their way downstream from the site to their juncture with the #Mulchatna, and ultimately the #Nushagak. We are looking at some of the most productive salmon headwaters in the world. This is NO place for a cyanide-leach gold mine and tailings lagoon. PLEASE!!!! SAY NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Where It All Began: LIMEKILN CREEK by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Where It All Began:  Limekiln Creek by Robert Glenn Ketchum

In 1967, I discovered Limekiln Creek on the Big Sur Coast in California. Among those redwoods, I had an epiphany as a young artist. As a photographer, most of the skills I would use, I would learn there. Many years later in a mature career, I helped the American Land Conservancy acquire this property for the California State Park system. This is the story of a very personal place.




Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Where It All Began:   Limekiln Creek, #5
Where It All Began:   Limekiln Creek, #5:  Walking away from the camps, the valley floor narrowed and closed, and a steep notch concentrated the creek in a series of falls and pools, however it also cut me off from approaching the deeper canyons. There were no established trails here, yet in looking around I realized the “path” led up through the roots, and onto the trunk of a fallen redwood that bridged the stream. This was just the beginning. This trail became far more “organic” as the day wore on. I didn't know it at the time, however when I stood before the forest that morning, I was gazing into my future, BOTH artistically and intellectually. My career as a photographer would fine-tune itself in these woods. My life as a conservation advocate was born here. Limekiln offered up some of the MOST difficult photographic challenges, and complex personal introspections, that I would ever confront. To start with though: no tripod; crazy-extreme highlight/shade relations; shadows dark enough to need multi-second exposures; constant breezes; slippery (!) rocks; AND POISON OAK. Hey! I was a #RobertHeinecken student! I didn’t know anything about the #zonesystem, yet I knew how to HAVE FUN with the image-making process!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd, #LittleBearProd, ALC (@american_land), Monterey Pop Festival (@MontereyPopFest)
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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, February 2, 2016

TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #76
TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #76:  Our fjord was in deep shade, and we grew cold drifting in front of the glacial face. The tide was approaching its high point, so if we expected to have lunch on the island, now was the time to head back that way. The vegetation slowly returned as we paddled toward the juncture of the two arms, and then this “seep” caught my attention. This entire wall was trickling water, and I'm guessing that was some MOST UNUSUAL lichen adding the red color, however from where I am, I can't really tell. The binoculars are no help at this point either, as looking through them has little to do with reality, so once again I stare for a while with my mouth open. Russell also acknowledges this is a “strange” little part in the wall, and we both decide it's best to catch up with Carey, and get to the island for some lunch and sun warmth.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wilderness #Wilderness #Tongass

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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Pebble Mine 2015 in Review: 'The Year of Failing Expensively' by Joel Reynolds

Pebble Mine 2015 in Review:  'The Year of Failing Expensively' by Joel Reynolds

The battle to stop the infamous Pebble Mine isn't over, but if you're a shareholder in the embattled project, 2015 was another disappointing year.
photograph © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016
In court and in Congress, trying desperately to recharge its reckless scheme for a massive open pit mine in the headwaters of the Bristol Bay wild salmon fishery, The Pebble Partnership ("Pebble") continued throwing good money after bad. In fact, at Pebble headquarters these days, probably the only happy faces belong to the army of Washington, DC lobbyists and lawyers -- including Pebble's DC-based CEO Tom Collier -- who, in 2015, were the most obvious beneficiaries of what little remains of Pebble's cash on hand.