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Friday, September 25, 2020

Weekly Post, "The Daze of My Life: Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography"

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. 
~Robert Glenn Ketchum






Friday, September 25, 2020


The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #219:
Daze, #219:  Presidio Gateways would be my third book published in 1993. This project was given to me by Jim Harvey, at the time, CEO of Transamerica. He wanted to create it to be a gift that would be handed out at the transfer of that property from the Department of Defense to the Department of the Interior, incorporating the grounds into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA), and he wanted it to honor the HISTORY of the Presidio. Jim gave me control of the project, so to expand the contemporary photographic scope of the pictures, I brought in peer photographers, Linda Butler, Mary Swisher, Lyle Gomes, and Brenda Tharp. Linda, Mary, and Lyle worked in B&W, Brenda, and I, contributed color. Linda concentrated her work on historical artifacts, the rest of us shot the Presidio property, and architecture. In addition, from the military archive, I culled an astounding assortment of historical pictures, and a spectacular array of vintage, hand-colored, picture postcards. I assembled a big edit of these images, and since Aperture had done four of my books, and another about the immigrant entry point on the East Coast, Ellis Island, I took the project to Michael Hoffman, the Director of Aperture Foundation, pointing out that the Presidio served as the West Coast entry point, and would be complimentary to the Ellis Island publication. Aperture not only wanted to print the proposed book, but envisioned it a money-maker, and agreed to pay for it to be printed, as well. Unfortunately for us all, Jim Harvey paid all the photographers by donating the money to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area Association, a non-profit. It was there, one of their jackass administrators decided to “get involved.” He vociferously objected to my having been given control of the project, and so he “stepped in.” Although we all got paid, he refused to work with Aperture, and insisted the book be printed by the “hometown publisher,” Chronicle Books, even though they were financially shaky, and had nowhere near the skilled design teams that worked for Aperture. He also chose to eliminate almost all of the historic, hand-colored pictures, saying they made the book look “dated.” He cut the picture selection by 1/3 as well. When finally published, the book was decent enough to serve the give-away event, but the childish design left it without much of a national market, AND with the give-away date approaching, and the book still on-press, Chronicle informed the GGNRA association that they would need a $20,000 grant to finish the publication. When a know-it-all, actually knows NOTHING, good things are ruined. I was very sad about the outcome.

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Weekly Post, The Cuyahoga River Valley: From Flames to Fame by Robert Glenn Ketchum

The Cuyahoga River Valley: 
From Flames to Fame
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

In 1986, I was given a commission from the Akron Art Museum and the National Park Service to photograph the recently created Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. My work helped put that location on the map, and since then, the NRA has been upgraded to National Park status, becoming one of the most visited parks in the national system.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Friday, September 25, 2020


Cuyahoga River Valley:  From Flames to Fame #28:
Cuyahoga #28:  Too much candy (last 3 posts) may be bad for your teeth, but it is good for your eyes - LOL!

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Thursday, September 24, 2020

Weekly Post, "Welcome to Hotel California: Some Pictures from My Backyard" by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Welcome To Hotel California:  Some Pictures From My Backyard
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



I was born, and grew up in Los Angeles. As my professional career developed, I traveled around the world working on various commissions, but seldom had opportunities to work in California. Nonetheless, I always came back “home,” and when there, I occasionally took pictures.  For ten years I also taught a photography workshop on the Mendocino coast that provided some great visual moments as well.  There is no “project” unifying these images, they are just my way of showing, “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave!”   
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Thursday, September 24, 2020

Hotel California, Some Pictures From My Backyard, #57:
California #57:  Too much fog (last two posts). Time for some clarity. In fact, CRYSTAL clarity. Just trying to enjoy my dinner on the deck at Heavenly, while Lake Tahoe catches fire.

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Weekly Post, "Sundance: Artist-In-Residence" by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Sundance:  Artist In Residence
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



From 1987-1989, Robert Redford invited me to become the first visual Artist-In-Residence at his newly established Sundance Institute, part of the community he was building around his recently purchased ski resort in Utah. The residency provided me with subject matter that produced some of the most significant images of my career, but importantly, it also afforded me my first aerial work, a platform that would become increasingly important throughout my life. A limited amount of these images were ever published, and NONE of the aerials ever were. The best will now appear, please enjoy! 
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Thursday, September 24, 2020

SUNDANCE: Artist In Residence, #115
Sundance #115:  
If your questions is, “were you high when you made this,” the answer is, “I was high BECAUSE I made this.” Eat your heart out Jackson Pollack, you were drunk in a garage on Long Island, and I was raging in Sundance, and had a lovely lodge cabin to return to.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Weekly Post, THE SONORAN DESERT: Visiting with Don Juan by Robert Glenn Ketchum

THE SONORAN DESERT: 
Visiting with Don Juan
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



In 1988, I was contacted by Luther Propst, Director of the Rincon Institute of Tucson, AZ, who asked me if I could help them devise a campaign to protect a part of Saguaro National Monument from a massive real estate development that would disrupt substantial habitat.  I did so, and we not only succeeded in mitigating the development, we added 30,000 acres to the monument, and got it upgraded to National Park status.  While doing this work, I fell in love with the Sonoran Desert, returning to it repeatedly, and visiting the many varied parts of it in Arizona, Mexico, and Baja, CA.  This is the tale of those visits. 
~Robert Glenn Ketchum





Wednesday, September 23, 2020


THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #23
Sonora #23:  After joining the purple wildflowers (last post) for a little drum dancing, I realize I must continue with my “mission” to document this specific habit, that is threatened by adjacent development, so I shoulder my Pentax 6x7, and tripod, and continue to pick my way upward through a prickly world. More flowers appear, and a LOT of saguaros show, but other cacti species seem to decline. The profusion of prickly pear, and ocotillo, which I threaded through on the lower slopes is hardly visible from where I now stand. Somehow, however, although I see NO cylindropuntia, I know that one is still stalking me, and it is just hiding somewhere at the moment. In spite of an increasingly hotter day, I am determined to summit this climb, so I can see the entirety of the landscape with which my project is involved, and there is still a lot of up, to go. Excelsior!

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Weekly Post: THE TONGASS: Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees by Robert Glenn Ketchum

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees
by Robert Glenn Ketchum
In 1985, I began a 2-year commission to explore the Tongass rainforest, the largest forest in the United States Forest Service (USFS) system AND the largest temperate rainforest in the world. It was a unique, old-growth environment under siege from industrial logging. The resulting investigative book I published helped to pass the Tongass Timber Reform Bill, protect 1,000,000 acres of old-growth, and create 11 new wilderness areas. This is the story of how that was achieved.




Tuesday, September 22, 2020

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #213
Tongass, #213:  
While Jan Cianciarulo holds our boat fast to the shoreline of an island in Goat Lake, her husband, Krys, and I, venture ashore delicately. The 400+ inches of rain that falls on this terrain, has grown some very extravagant gardens, and this is one of the strangest of them all. Lush mosses, mushrooms, and eccentric lichens abound, and when we come upon this tree, I am pretty sure we have found the entrance to the troll underworld. Kyrs, and I, must have been amusing for Jan to watch, because not only were we balleting around, trying not to step on anything except rock or meadow grass, but we were also fighting off swarms of insects,..and I mean swarms. Jans only purpose in coming ashore with me, is to take a cloth cape I brought with us, and right before I trip the camera shutter, he waves it around wildly in front of the lens, to blow the mosquitoes away. Had he not been doing this, all these images would show a screen of bugs between the camera’s eye and my subject matter. Thank you, Jan! 
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Monday, September 21, 2020

Weekly Post, High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers (#101+)

High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



After receiving my MFA from CalArts, I was invited by Bill Lund, Sharon Disney’s husband, to come stay at the families' Diamond-D Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. Bill thought I might like to photograph in the nearby Wind River Mountains, which I did, backpacking through them extensively over the next three summers. Welcome to a world of big granite walls and huge alpine lakes!
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Monday, September 21, 2020


High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, , 
Wind Rivers, #161:  Considering it is August, the storm which moved in during the night brought FREEZING cold with it, besides the pounding rain. There is no point in getting out in it at the crack of dawn, so Vicki Golden, and I, linger in our sleeping bags, and snuggle with Belle Star. About 9am, the rain tapers off, and there are some blue holes that appear in the sky. Not wanting to take any chances, Vicki, and I, bolt to the “kitchen,” and down a hearty breakfast. As we eat, the wind begins to pick up, which I am hoping, signals the storm is blowing off. Unfortunately, it does not. Rather, it signals that a new one is blowing in. Within an hour of our meal, the wind reaches another rage level, and clouds, once again, begin to pour over Round Top Mountain. It looks as though we will NOT be climbing up there today. Then suddenly, there is a massive roll of thunder directly above us, and there are two lightning strikes on the other side of the lake. Belle hates thunder and lightning, and we are not fans of it, either, se we all flee back into the tent. Belle is terrified, and shivering, so we put the sleeping bags over her, and keep petting, and assuring her, it will be OK. However, the intensity of the storm continues to build, and it is rolling right over us. We have a reasonably safe location with taller rocks and trees around us, but this is a massive electric system, and it is striking everywhere. When we close our eyes, we can see the flashes in various colors, and there are often several at once in a kind of strobe effect. Over our three years of backpacking in the Winds, we have lived through some fierce storms, but this one takes the cake. We are actually so frightened, we pull our ensolite pads from beneath our sleeping bags, fold them in half, and balance on them using our tip-toes and fingertips, so there is as little of our bodies in contact with the ground as possible. After about an hour of this unrelenting assault, a torrential rain moves in.

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Weekly Post: "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 Flats 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, September 212020

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #229  DFCFC, #229:  After a good, and welcome, night’s sleep to end our 16-mile dayhike, we four awoke early to a nice day, had a final breakfast, folded camp, and began the walk out. Exposed rocks, and open meadows were clear of snow, but it lingered in the shade, and in the forest. As a result, because we were tired, and did not want to make any careless mistakes, we were a very quiet group, concentrating on the placement of every step we took. I am sure I was thinking about many things in the quietude, but now I know what I was NOT thinking. I was not thinking that this would be the last time I backpacked with Gordon, but it was. We would have other hikes together, but never another backpack. Vicki and I would return to Sun Valley with Gordon, and Polly, and she and I would do one more backpack in the Sawtooths, before heading to my home/studio in LA. I was NOT thinking that would be our last backpack as well, nor did I imagine at the time, our relationship was soon to end, because when I took the opportunity to become the Curator of Photography for the National Park Foundation, and move to Washington, DC, she wanted none of it, so she moved back to Sun Valley, and we both found new partners. C’est la Vie! I hope you have enjoyed the many tales within this blog, which now ends with 228 posts. It will still be available under BLOG LABELS on my blog homepage, but it will no longer appear as a weekly blog post. Thank you for following the tales of the DFC&FC, and my friendships therein. Stay tuned for some amazing adventures and research in the North Atlantic, which will be the replacement blog.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Weekly Post, NO PEBBLE MINE: Pictures from Ground Zero by Robert Glenn Ketchum

NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures from Ground Zero
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

 
Since 1998, I have been working to protect the spectacular resources of southwest Alaska and the fishery of Bristol Bay. Two Aperture books, a national traveling exhibition, a massive coalition of concerned users, and a lot of personal lobbying, had it looking like we were almost there. Then Donald Trump took office claiming he would always put America, and American jobs first. SO WHY destroy a BILLION-dollar-a-year, RENEWABLE salmon fishery and over 100,000 jobs for a group of international mineral speculators that will leave us with a Superfund site to clean up, and NO fishery left edible? And yet, he did,..so please, keep saying NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!
~Robert Glenn Ketchum






Tuesday, September 15, 2020 

NO PEBBLE MINE #418, Pictures from Ground Zero
NO PEBBLE MINE #418:
I have posted this image before, way back in the 200’s of this blog, but I am putting it up again, because it is the essence of the beauty in Wood-Tikchik State Park. It was also taken while flying with pilots from Bud Hodson’s Tikchick Narrows Lodge. Along with Mike Harder, a pilot out of Dillingham, with whom I frequently worked, Bud, and his numerous pilots, provided me with hours of airtime above this park. Bud operates a small fleet of Beaver aircraft, which are used to transport his fly-fishing guests to-and-from their daily destinations. Bud not only allowed me to fly those to-and-from routes along with them, he then allowed me to fly in the many hours the planes would normally sit idle, between drop-off and pick-up. These pilots, and many, many others, generously supported my work in Southwest because they uniformly oppose the development of the Pebble mine in the headwaters of the last great fishery in North America, Bristol Bay. Thousands of jobs, and MILLIONS of dollars are to be made from the renewable resources of this fishery. The mine will exist for 30-years, and then close, leaving a massive, toxic lake to poison the habitat. DO NOT let this happen, SAY NO THE THE PEBBLE MINE!

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