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Friday, April 17, 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, April 17, 2015

Traveling in China Since 1985, #127
CHINA #127:   Our drive wound into a small town with busy streets, and somewhere along the main road we pulled over to visit the home of an historic figure of wealth. At this time, the house and gardens were preserved as a museum and could be visited by the public. Known as the #ZhuangyanMansion, it was built during the #MingDynasty (1368-1644) by a wealthy merchant and trader who constructed a spectacular compound for his family. The home was a maze of decorous rooms, often detailed with intricate carvings in the woodwork. Because of his wealth, the home was also replete with secret places to stash the family's most valuable items.  It also had an escape passage to the shore of the lake where boats awaited. When I asked who the enemies might be, I was told there were “pirates” on the lake that went about looting towns and villages.

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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, April 17, 2015


SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #60
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #60 - 1985 to the Present:  People’s Square park was expansive and beautifully planted. It was also full of visitors, as it was a very popular attraction. Across the park from the completed Shanghai Museum, the construction on the opera house was underway. In keeping with the ever-encroaching mega-complex malls and skyscrapers, the opera was designed to be a “grand” building, both in scale and in vision, including a dramatic design. Here you can see the skin of the old building (white and square), as the very dynamic new structure begins to engulf it. This was an amazing project to watch evolve.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

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Thursday, April 16, 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, April 16, 2015

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #61
Suzhou #61:   One of the things I have come to respect is the #Chinese capacity to endure. In spite of disappearing neighborhoods and rising apartment buildings everywhere, those that the modernization had not yet reached carried-on in their daily lives, often welcoming the change and looking forward to it while completely engulfed in the turmoil of construction. Some traditional ways change less quickly, though, if ever. While wandering along a canal bank, I encountered this table of freshly made noodles drying in the sun behind a home that was selling food on the street in front of the house.
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, April 16, 2015


Silk Road - Embroideries #117
SILK ROAD #117:   The @UCLA @FowlerMuseum afforded this #exhibit their largest #gallery space.  This allowed the #designers to create two VERY different rooms connected by beautiful "moongate" doorways. In the front room a selection of traditional #Chinese #embroideries from historic to contemporary were on display.  And on opening night there was actually a loom set-up and one of the #embroiderers was working on an image, and interacting with the guests. #PatrickDowdey, Zhang, and I spent of good deal of time deciding which of the traditional pieces should be included. Zhang wanted to show newer embroideries because they reflected the work currently being done by the institute that she felt was breaking with tradition. Many of my favored choices were the more historical pieces hanging / standing throughout the institute. These were retained for their excellence, and put on public display for tourists. Patrick saw to it that Zhang and I were both satisfied, and there was a nicely balanced mix. One of my favorites was quite a large, 2-sided standing #embroidery rendered with the special "Suzhou fine style" stitch, and titled "100 Butterflies." Standing 3-1/2-feet wide and 4-feet tall, the scale of the embroidery was imposing. The "presence" of the piece was also contributed to by the very dark #mahogany stand which featured elaborate carving details. We ALL agreed this was one of the most powerful images in the exhibit. And in a brilliant stroke of #design, the #architects of the gallery placed "100 Butterflies" directly in front of the double-doors opening into the gallery from the exterior hallway. Upon entering the doors into the exhibit, you literally had to walk around the display of "100 Butterflies" in order to enter the room. This was a show-stopper, and left many viewers breathless before they had even begun their tour of the show.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

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, April 15, 2015

TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #45
TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #45:  At the tip of the spit there was a lot of sand, little vegetation, and spectacular panoramic views. In the time it took us to drift down to our final campsite, the weather opened-up a bit, and some holes of sunlight were illuminating the ranges in #GlacierBay on the opposite shore. The tallest summit looking in this direction is #MtHayes. It is miles away, literally on the Canadian border, and it is obscured by these “lesser” peaks in the foreground. The glacier you see here is fed from Mt. Hayes, AND the surrounding #mountains, and is one of several that terminates in #AlsekLake.  It calved huge #icebergs that we will paddle amidst in the morning. For scale, the face of the #glacier at water's edge can be measured in miles; it is several miles wide!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @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, April 15, 2015 

NO PEBBLE MINE #135, Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #135, Pictures from Ground Zero:  Eventually our walk brought us to a point where there was no beach.  The dense bush also subsided, and a steep, volcanic, scree slope covered with tundra gardens ran down to the water’s edge. This would be our staircase upwards. Our progress was slow, not because it was difficult, but because all of us found ourselves frequently down on our knees, groveling around in the amazing mosses and lichens. Truly, this hillside expanse we were exploring was like an amazing, bejeweled rug. Rain, and the overcast, made scree rocks almost black, a perfect foil, setting off the myriad vibrant colors in the tundra. It was so beautiful, we practically had to remember to breathe!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

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, April 14, 2015

TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #34
TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #34:  As our paddle carried us up-fjord, it was also taking us into some VERY large #mountains that form the border between the U.S. and Canada. In past history, those mountains generated many #glaciers that carved numerous side valleys, BEFORE they consolidated into the #SawyerGlacier, which carved #TracyArm. This far into the arm, those side canyons were becoming more frequent. If we were lucky at the moment we paddled past, sometimes the weather broke-off and we could the see the growing scale of where we were, and sense the smallness that was us.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wilderness #Wilderness #Tongass

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Monday, April 13, 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, April 13, 2015

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #132:
HUDSON RIVER #132:   The #streams and #waterfalls of the #Catskill Mountains, in particular, were a favorite subject of the #HudsonRiverSchool of #painters. The beautiful paths the water cut through the rock forming the infamous steep and narrow "cloves", and their meandering around in the mixed deciduous forest make for some of the most picturesque waterways in North America. That abundance of water not only feeds the #HudsonRiver but, as I have stated before in this blog, it fosters one of the MOST biologically diverse areas in North America. These forests TEEM with life, and who would have thought cactus, evergreens and ice storms could co-exist?
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 featuring Robert Glenn Ketchum





April 2, 2015 – April 26, 2015

About Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 
Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 is an inspiring, collective exhibit focused on the protected parks of the United States, featuring images from award-winning photographers, including Jack Dykinga, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Ian Shive, Michael Miner and Louie Schwartzberg. Their subjects range from Mojave National Preserve to the Channel Islands and many more public lands across the country.

The exhibit was envisioned by the Western National Parks Association, The G2 Gallery and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, with the intent of sharing the diverse natural beauty of municipal, state, regional and national parks, while promoting their protection and stewardship. Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 -- housed in the heart of downtown L.A. -- hopes to raise awareness about the variety of public lands accessible to urban residents just outside the city.

Earth Month: : Los Angeles is sponsored by El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Western National Parks Association, The G2 Gallery, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and California State Parks.

Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 Artists:

Beverly Houwing
Buddy Weiss
Charity Vargas
Dan Gottlieb
Don Whitebread
Ian Shive
Jack Dykinga
Jenny Ross
Jodie Hulden
xRez
Allan Ross
Jim Stimson
Marc Muench
Peter Essick
Jolene Hanson
Larry Brownstien
Louie Schwartzberg
Matthew Khuns
Michael Caley
Michael Miner
Robert Glenn Ketchum
Stephen Strom
Tom Lowe
Vidya Narasimhan
Scott Tansey
Matt Whitmire – Griffith Park Trail Cam
Will Taylor

Pico House 
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Sat & Sun 10-6 
* please note the Pico House closes periodically for filming and events.

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

National Wilderness Conference

The other recent event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act I participated in was National Wilderness Conference in Albuquerque, NM. Organized by all of the collective federal agencies that manage wilderness lands, this was a multi-day event featuring numerous presentations and distinguished speakers such as Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, author Terry Tempest Williams, and Senator Tom Udall. I was asked to be an "inspirational" closing keynote speaker, along with my old friend, Dave Foreman, author of Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching, and co-founder of Earth First!, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and  most recently, the Rewilding Institute

Dave Foreman, EcoWarrior, and Robert Glenn Ketchum, Conservation Photographer
Dave Foreman, Environmentalist, and Robert Glenn Ketchum, Conservation Photographer, 2014