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Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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, December 18, 2018 

NO PEBBLE MINE #327, Pictures from Ground Zero
NO PEBBLE MINE #327:  I fly over the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge many, many times in four years of work. Sometimes it is a flight-see, other times are en route to river floats, or visits to villages. I fly with numerous pilots, all of them local. Above the refuge, they all know the names of the largest rivers, but few can even come close to naming the myriad of smaller ones..and we are not talking streams, these are rivers. I did ask if anyone does know all the names, and was assured that each of the villages, and there are many in the refuge, knows the specific river names around them very well, and their hunters may know more because they travel farther. Nonetheless, the consensus is, no one knows them all except the mapmakers. This is a landscape that hosts the greatest freshwater diversity in North America, funneling all this down into Bristol Bay, and creating the most productive salmon fishery in the history of the world. NO PEBBLE MINE! This is a world of fish.
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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, December 18, 2018

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #121:
THE TONGASS, #121:  As Philip Slagter and I paddle our kayaks into Rudyerd Bay, part of Misty Fjords National Monument, we are astounded by the lush sheer walls and the massive 18ft+ tidal exchange, but we are also concerned because we have found no possible places to camp. As Rudyerd Bay terminates, it divides into two arms, and we make a right turn into the shorter one, continuing to paddle close to the wall in hopes of finding a workable site to pitch a tent, or even get up the wall. The turn into the shorter arm brings us into a different world. Where we presently are, the sheer walls are still massive, but with much greater vegetation density. As the arm reaches terminus, the far shore is not as sheer as ours, and it is more heavily forested. The “smoking” trees, and yes, that is an eagle, encourage me, somehow, and I feel somewhere in this arm we might find a sheltered position.
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Monday, December 17, 2018

Weekly Post, High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers

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!




Monday, December 17, 2018

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #69:
Wind River, #69:  Chris, Cathy, Belle (my dog), and I, are working on the end of 20+ miles day hike. An AMAZING day!!! It is now late, however, and we are headed down, out of the Titcomb Lakes basin, and back to Island Lake, where Chris and Cathy have their camp. We walk into the evening, enjoying a long, slow sunset. Above, the waning light sets Jackson Peak, Fremont Peak, and Sacajawea aglow. These are some of the tallest summits in the range, and walking beneath their towering walls all day has been an incredible experience. Arriving at Chris and Cathy’s camp, they suggest I stay with them and bivouac, as Belle and I are still miles from our camp at Seneca Lake, well below us. I still feel great, however, and opt to do some food refuel, but insist I will move on. We have a nice, heartening dinner together. Belle gets a rest in the meadow grass. Then, before darkness makes the trail dangerous, she and I head for Seneca, and home.
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Weekly Post, "The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get" by Robert Glenn Ketchum

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get
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, December 17, 2018

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #137:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET, #137:  From the cabin we used as a camp, we cross the basin, coasting smoothly to the base of big walls and chutes. Because the day is warm, avalanches are more likely, so we do not intend to get too close, but, to the right in this image, the canyon steepens and pitches down in a broad slope of snow that is turning to corn as it warms in the sun. The skiing is about to become more serious, so the cameras are going to be locked-down, but before doing that, I make this one last image, “Early Morning Shadow on a Wall,” which becomes another to be included in the 24-print portfolio, “WINTERS: 1970-1980.” For me, this trip has been a VERY productive adventure. I have good material for a story in POWDER magazine, and I have added considerably to my personal B&W work. Actually, the POWDER magazine story is about to get a whole lot better. My next move is an angled descent toward the right of that barren tree, followed by an arcing right turn that brings me out onto the broad slope. After that,...
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Friday, December 14, 2018

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, December 14, 2018

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #126: Daze, #126:  Carey and I have chosen the perfect time to enjoy ourselves in the late fall of the New England states. It is increasingly colder as the days go by, and there are plenty of bouts of bad weather, but during those we drive backroads listening to good music, and I get out upon occasion to work in the rain. On good days, we hike. Vermont is very kind to me and offers up several images important to my career. Carey and I get along well, considering we are living out of a van as winter approaches. The other bonus is that we are the only ones out here! The campgrounds are empty. The trails are people-less, and the summits are our own little private dining areas. Just before Halloween, we venture out onto Cape Cod. One evening we spend overlooking a beautiful bird marsh in Martha’s Vineyard, then we go on to Cape Cod National Seashore and camp in the campground. We are the only ones there. It is a clear, sunny, pleasantly warm day, and the park has a lengthy bike-path, so Carey and I don our roller skates, and spend the entire day doing some of the most scenic and varied terrain skating of my life. Then, smitten with our skating skills, we decided to partake in celebrating Halloween in nearby Provincetown wearing our skates. That could be a whole other blog!
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Weekly Post, "Fish Farms: Forming My World View Through Aquaculture in 1977" by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Fish Farms:  Forming My World View through Aquaculture in 1977
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



In 1977, I was commissioned by Elisabeth Mann Borgese to help do research, interviews, and take photographs for a book she was writing about worldwide aquaculture. It would be published by Harry N. Abrams, one of the world’s premier publishing houses, famous for their beautiful books. It would also involve around-the-world travel to 8 countries, and some of the most remarkable places I would ever visit. SEAFARM: The Story of Aquaculture was a very successful publication featuring over 100 of my images, and an exhibit I assembled with support from Nikon, became a Smithsonian traveling exhibition for 6-yrs., viewed by over 6-million people.  ~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Friday, December 14, 2018

FISHFARMS:  Forming My World View through Aquaculture in 1977, #34:
Fish Farms #34:   Our dinner boat ride reveals what Elisabeth has been promising, a literal “landscape of aquaculture.” As I will learn, this is just a beginning. The restaurant in which we dine is located adjacent a multi-pond “farm” that is raising several species of fish and shrimp. Talk about "farm-to-table!” We order by selecting our primary fish, and various fruit and spice ingredients. That fish is then captured from a pond, cooked immediately, and served to us with our preferred additional choices, in a “house-style” combination that changes every night. The meal is zesty, but delicious, and I sense a new spice creeping into our palate as we move south. It is making me sweat more. When I ask why we eat such hot food, in a place that is so hot, our host asks me if I am sweating, and then assures me, I will be greatly cooled off by the boat ride home. And so I am. It is a BEAUTIFUL tropical night, and tomorrow Elisabeth says we will enter the landscape that is the heart of India’s aquaculture, southern Kerala and the city of Cochin.
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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Weekly Post, "My NEA Funded Artist-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin" by Robert Glenn Ketchum

My NEA Funded Artist-in-Residence at the University of Wisconsin
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



In 1988, I was awarded an Artist-in-Residency at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha, funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Wisconsin Arts Board. This was a small body of work created over three years, and eventually exhibited once at the university. Some images have been printed, but most have never been seen. I hope you enjoy these photographs. I think they are among some of the most beautiful I have ever taken.  ~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Thursday, December 13, 2018

University of Wisconsin: Artist In Residence, #7:
Wisconsin #7:  The location of this field station puts us in a topographical feature know as the Kettle Moraine. The Kettle Moraine covers a good deal of the state of Wisconsin, and was created by the last glacial retreat. As the glaciers melted back, glacial rock debris was left, covering unmelted ice beneath. That ice eventually melted as well, but more slowly, and at different rates in different areas, creating a “pothole” landscape. Those potholes can be as small as ponds or lake-sized, and most connect to one another through a myriad of streams. Near the field station, where I am “in-residence” as an artist, there is a large kettle lake that attracts a lot of wildfowl. It is not on the property of the field station, but streams feeding into it, do cross our acreage, representing one more distinct feature of this habitat. Least used and visited, this part of the property is “running wild,” and I find it riotously beautiful.
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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, December 13, 2018

SUNDANCE: Artist In Residence, #22:
Sundance #22:  In my earliest portfolios, “WINTERS: 1970-1980” and ORDER FROM CHAOS, my concerns were exclusively visual and painterly. The images in those two portfolios are about how the frame of the picture fills with shape, color, and texture. The location of the landscape is inconsequential, and titles tell you nothing about “place.” In subsequent projects, all of which became books, The Hudson River and the Highlands, The Tongass: Alaska’s Vanishing Rainforest, and Overlooked in America: The Success and Failure of Federal Land Management, the pictures were very much ABOUT “place.” The photographs in those publications were intentionally created to be broadly descriptive, and to make purposeful statements to the public through them. Now, working here in Sundance, Redford has indicated to me that this is a chance to be creative, be free of those concerns, and just enjoy this unique location. As with all landscapes you first experience, you inevitably see and make “beauty” shots, but if you keep working over time with the same subjects at different moments, your insight to them is refined. Certainly this “brushyness” I am experiencing in the high desert, Utah winter (last 3 posts) becomes one of those visual explorations.
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Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Weekly Post, "Stoned Immaculate: A Trip in the Desert" by Robert Glenn Ketchum

STONED IMMACULATE:  A Trip in the Desert
by Robert Glenn Ketchum


As a young photographer, two places I “discovered” by chance greatly influenced both my photographic vision and my personal relationship with the greater planet. A previous blog, LIMEKILN, is the story of the first location. THIS is the second location which I discovered because my car broke down. As Jim Morrison/The Doors wrote, “Out here we is Stoned Immaculate!"



Wednesday, December 12, 2018
“Navajo White Flux"
circa 1985-1995

Stoned Immaculate, #109:
Immaculate, #109:  from the portfolio, STONED IMMACULATE

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Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Weekly Post, "Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands: Bowing before St. Elias" by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

The Yakutat Forelands are where the Tongass rainforest and the Chugach forest to the north meet. It is also home to many large glaciers, a stunning coastline, the huge Alsek-Tatshenshini river, and Icy Bay, which sits at the foot of Mount St. Elias, the greatest vertical rise from sea level in the world. There is a lot of powerful energy out here.



Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias, #94:
The Yakutat Forelands, #94:  The spectacle of the exaggerated, and very visible, changes in the parts of Icy Bay we actually explored, is quite sobering to all of us. As the plane climbs and heads for the coast, we fall silent as each of us ponders the numerous times we have encountered life-threatening circumstances in just these past 10-days. This was NOT a casual Alaskan kayaking adventure. Our pilot suggests we have been in the middle “of an epic weather event,” and he acknowledges that he wondered what he would find in flying in to pick us up. He also notes that all flights in and out of Yakutat have been grounded for the better part of the last week, so he was not even sure if he would be allowed to come for us. As our flight path hits the coast, where we will turn south, the large river pouring out of the bay has flushed so much mud and silt into the Pacific, that it is actually changing the color of the ocean water for many square miles. Well, it IS Alaska! Go big, or go home. We have done one, and now we are going to do the other. I want to sleep on a mattress. We have all come to bow before St. Elias, and now suitably humbled, we retreat to play another day.

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