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Thursday, July 16, 2020

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, July 16, 2020

SUNDANCE: Artist In Residence, #105
Sundance #105:   As the fire grew, the flames quickly shot up the steep hillside.

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Wednesday, July 15, 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, July 15, 2020

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #13:
Sonora #13:  A few feet farther away (last post), I encounter this. Another eye-trap. I am sure the glowing grasses and the marbled rocks are there, but I have to wonder about those purplish things that are dancing around. As this is a still image, they may not look like they are dancing to you, but I assure you they are dancing for me. From where do the emanate? They just seem to be floating about. Then there is a breeze, and the dancing starts all over again. I will bet that Don Juan and Don Genaro are having a good laugh about this one, and I have not even met the coyote yet - LOL!

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Tuesday, July 14, 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, July 14, 2020 

NO PEBBLE MINE #409, Pictures from Ground Zero
NO PEBBLE MINE #409:  Backpacking in the lower ’48, I fished virtually every day, so it is amazing to me that here in Southwest, one of the world class places to fly fish, I only did so a few times. I was “working” most of the time, and that is my excuse, but as we fly above these beautiful rivers systems, it strikes me as ironic. I love the way the low rays of the late light grace the landscape, and in this case make the mountain more sculpturally defined, like a work of art on an illuminated pedestal. All of that offset by blue sky reflection on some epic meandering trout water. It WOULD be quite an evening to be fishing down there, but is also pretty cool to be right where I am. I will miss these parks and refuges, and I would like to thank Jan Konigsberg who first suggested I fly out here to view this part of the state. It is an understatement that he said, “I think you will find it interesting."

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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, July 14, 2020

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #203, 
Tongass, #203:  My assistants for part of this summer, Krys Cianciarulo, and his wife, Jan, and I, are sorting our gear, and having a midday meal, now that we have secured ourselves in the US Forest Service cabin at Goat Lake, high in the mountains of Misty Fjords National Monument. Several of the windows in our cabin face the lake directly, so while we organize, this is our view. It has been raining off-and-on all morning, and as the weather drifts through, the surrounding summits appear and disappear. In this moment, our location is more clearly revealed. The immediate foreground is the far shore of the lake. The layer of clouds immediately behind it are billowing up out of a fjord that plunges down a sheer wall of 1,800ft. The massifs in the distance are worlds away. Wet as it may be, we all have raingear (hey, it IS the Tongass RAINforest), and we are eager to explore the lake, so after snacking, we are out the door, and down to the boat to attach the motor, hoping for a revealing cruise-about.
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Monday, July 13, 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, July 13, 2020

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #151, 
Wind Rivers, #151:  Passing around the first lake, we slowly ascend the shore of the inflowing creek from the second lake slightly above us. In looking back, I am struck by how different these summits are from those we have been hiking in the central section of the Winds. The ones around us now, lack the big walls and sheer faces we camped beneath out of Elkhart Park. Rather, these are like massive mounds, with green, terraced meadows across their faces, that crawl all the way to the top. We could probably pick our way up anyone of them if we chose, but this is a lazy day for us, and the windy exposure would only be worse, so we are perfectly happy to amble along just drinking it all in. The weather seems to be growing a little more “iffy,” but there are still plenty of big, blue “holes,” and the endless wind is pushing the clouds by quickly, so it seems unlikely it will storm, thus we keep plodding on. I assure you I would NOT want to be up here, and this exposed, if things started to go off. There is NO place to hide.

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Monday, July 6, 2020

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #150, 
Wind Rivers, #150:  The basin of small lakes Vicki Golden, and I, are hiking into are VERY high. Summits no longer tower above us. The first lake we encounter is small and shallow, so, of course, Belle wades right in. (Be sure to click on the link (COLORED LETTERS) and see the Google mapping of this basin, so you can follow the hike. Also, scroll to magnify some AMAZING detail!) If you ARE looking at the map, North Fork Lake, where we are camped, is to the upper left. The first lake we reach is long, narrow and dead-center. From there we will ascend a short rise to the other small lake, right, and above it. Finally we will traverse across to Glacier. This pass must be windy most of the time, because it sure is today, and if you blow up the detail on the Google map, you can see on the day the satellite took this shot, all of these lakes are glistening from being wind-swept.

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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, July 132020

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #219: 
DFCFC, #219: The huge avalanche of granite slabs that have come of the side of Haystack Mountain, extending out into Black Joe Lake, is the greatest impediment to our day hike, now that we have gone off-trail. Vicki Golden, Belle Star, and I, have navigated it before, but choice of route is everything, especially where doggo is concerned, because there are some places she cannot get around, or holes she could fall into. Gordon, on the other hand, never met a bunch of big rocks he didn’t like, so while the rest of us are being cautious, he is crawling, and climbing, over, under, around, and through. That is him (above) preferring to slip through a “tunnel” beneath this huge piece. There are many “boulders” like this one, in the maze through which we are treading. When this exfoliation occurred, it must have been an extraordinary sight and sound, and you definitely wanted to be on the other side of the lake when it happened.

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