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Monday, July 27, 2015

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, July 27, 2015

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #147:
This is classic fall twilight in the Hudson. This view is looking west from the eastern shore, above #Peekskill (@CityOfPeekskill). To the left, I am looking downriver. In the middle, I am looking upriver. The water to the right of the @MetroNorth railroad bridge is a long, narrow bay that terminates at #Annsville and #HudsonHighlandsGatewayPark. The #Hudson river has just turned north, and west, around #JonesPoint and #BaldMountain (middle silhouette). Continuing upriver, #BearMountainStatePark / #IonaIsland can be seen directly above the track bridge in this view. Beyond there the river will again bend right to a more true north as it heads toward #WestPoint (@WestPoint_USMA).
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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Friday, July 24, 2015

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, July 24, 2015

Traveling in China Since 1985, #141
CHINA #141:   Our walk to the agricultural commune took us briefly uphill through some lush orchard terraces. Being ”up” in the tiniest breeze gave some relief to the heat of the day, and from a knoll, an opening in the trees allowed me to see the “future.” Small villages back in the valleys off of the lakeshore were expanding:  newer houses; rebuilt houses; connected roads, and soon, internal plumbing, and reliable electricity. The question I pondered was what would the balance be, so that food production wouldn't be lost, as this was clearly a rich and productive agricultural area.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Suzhou

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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, July 24, 2015

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #74
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #74 - 1985 to the Present:  Back in my “perch” at the #GrandHyattShanghai the ever-changing view provided much drama and amusement. You might expect that a booming, successful, new financial district with lots of grandiose driving thoroughfares connected to “the rest of” Shanghai by a relatively narrow, under-river tunnel was an invitation for crazy behavior. Driving “laws” in Shanghai are questionably enforced, and generally cab drivers and the drivers of private cars know no shame! Certainly it was one of the reasons I tried to walk as much as possible. How many “actual” lanes of traffic do you see here!?!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

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, July 23, 2015

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #75
EVERYBODY is wondering, “What’s goin’ on?” Change was afoot in the 'hood, and curious things were happening everywhere. Building / re-building grew at an increasingly frenetic pace through the '90's. Walking around was virtually a “new” experience EVERY time I visited. This rate-of-change was certainly jarring, but definitely an upgrade. AND AMAZINGLY -- over my 30-years of visiting -- I would see a good bit of the SOON-to-be-constructed, torn down, and replaced yet again!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @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, July 23, 2015

Silk Road - Embroideries #131
SILK ROAD #131:   Previously in this blog I have discussed embroideries that capitalized on silk thread’s ability to reflect light, based on the specific direction in which it is sewn. This was a technique I learned about and incorporated into several of my pieces, in fact inspired directly by the use of thread in this image. The truly “magical” aspect of this embroidery is how the “directional sewing” has been employed to create, not only the gesture of motion around the fish, BUT ONE THAT CHANGES as you change your POV on this large embroidery. This has been accomplished by the deft stitching of long, "free-form" threads sewn in very DIFFERING, rhythmic lines of “water flow” that seem to make the water shimmer and move.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Mandalac Gardens by Robert Glenn Ketchum



From August 11 - September 27, I will be exhibiting new work, MANDALAC GARDENS, at The G2 Gallery in Venice, California. This Constant Contact is background information about my color print-making history in general. and how it has lead me to this new series of "prints." I have also included all 9 of the images that will be in the exhibit, so please give this a read and enjoy the "show."

Friday, July 3, 2015

TELL THE PEBBLE PARTNERSHIP TO CALL IT QUITS

The fight to stop the Pebble Mine goes on -- but the battlefront has moved from the U.S. EPA to the courtroom and beyond as we escalate massive nationwide pressure on Northern Dynasty Minerals, the last company standing behind the disastrous venture, to call it quits.

Over the last two weeks, NRDC ran a series of hard-hitting, full-page print ads in Washington urging the Pebble Partnership -- Northern Dynasty's legal entity -- to walk away from Pebble Mine. The EPA has confirmed that this gargantuan open-pit, gold and copper operation -- along with its estimated 10 billion tons of toxic mining waste -- carries catastrophic risk for Bristol Bay, its world-class salmon fishery, its pristine environment and its people.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Saying Goodbye to Bobby Andrew, Defender of Bristol Bay by Joel Reynolds

Saying Goodbye to Bobby Andrew, Defender of Bristol Bay
by Joel Reynolds, Western Director and Senior attorney, NRDC, Los Angeles

I didn't expect the Pebble Mine would outlast Bobby Andrew. He was a fighter who never seemed to get tired. Over 70 years old, and he was always willing to make the trip - whatever the trip, wherever it took him -- to talk, to testify, to tell the terrible story of the uniquely reckless scheme by international mining giants to poison the communities and wild salmon fisheries of Alaska's Bristol Bay with a gigantic copper and gold mine.

photograph © copyright, Natural Resources Defense Council 2015@NRDC @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd 

Monday, May 25, 2015

Research Journal about Latin America Expands Digital Presence: Latin American Perspectives based at UC Riverside, has international reach

Research Journal about Latin America Expands Digital Presence 
Latin American Perspectives based at the University of California Riverside, has international reach

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Latin American Perspectives, a bimonthly journal now in its 43rd year, is reaching out with a new website, latinamericanperspectives.com, and expansion of social media.

With its editorial offices on the University of California, Riverside, campus, LAP distributes to some 8,000 subscribers, including 2,300 institutions scattered around the world, especially in the United States and Latin America. It is considered one of the leading journals on Latin American studies.

Among its 110 editors are UCR scholars Ronald Chilcote; Edward A. Dickson, Emeritus Professor of Economics and Political Science; Jennifer Hughes, associate professor of history; Jonathan Ritter, associate professor of music; and Latin American librarian, Rhonda Neugebauer.

Our emphasis on a powerful website and active social media is unique for an academic journal, but it is also important in drawing a large readership of researchers, students, and the general public into a deeper understanding of the rapidly changing events in Latin America,” said Chilcote, the journal’s managing editor.

The journal publishes primarily in English, but blog entries on the website appear in English, Spanish or Portuguese.

The new website and social media effort are being launched in conjunction with the XXXIII International Congress of the Latin American Studies Association May 27 to 30 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The website was designed by Charles Murray, CMM Studio of Laguna Beach, and the comprehensive social media by RR Bernet, Little Bear Productions in San Francisco.