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Friday, July 23, 2021

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, July 23, 2021

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #262
Daze, #262: 
The Bryansky Les Nature Reserve hosted vast stands of dense forest, surrounded by a great deal of loamy soil, and swampland. For the Soviet Partisan fighters that were attacking the Nazi supply chain which supported the German front laying siege to Moscow, this was the perfect hideout, as navigating around in it was extremely difficult for armored cars and tanks, many of which bogged down, and had to be abandoned. The partisans also built “hides” that were so cleverly camouflaged, they were difficult to find.

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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, July 23, 2021

Cuyahoga River Valley:  From Flames to Fame #71
Cuyahoga #71:  
A view of an inholding, an operative farm with a beautiful, historically designated barn.

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Thursday, July 22, 2021

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, July 22, 2021

Hotel California, Some Pictures From My Backyard, #100
California #100:  
Early morning wake up call amongst the fat boys, Huntington gardens.

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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, July 22, 2021

SUNDANCE: Artist In Residence, #158
Sundance #158:  
Things are on fire, even in the rain.

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Wednesday, July 21, 2021

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 21, 2021

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #66 
Sonora #66:
I understand that after a decent rainy season Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument puts on a SPECTACULAR wildflower bloom, but it was not visible in the seasons I visited. However, as you can see here, the creosote bushes are going crazy. For being as hot, and arid as it is, the desert floor of the monument supports 643 species of plant life, and the sky islands host another 114 species including sub-tropical oaks, pines, junipers, scrub oaks, and rosewood. To me, an amazing array of biodiversity in a very harsh climate. What a world!

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Weekly Post, GETTING LOOPY: Cruising One of North America’s Greatest Driving Loops by Robert Glenn Ketchum

 GETTING LOOPY:  Cruising One of North America’s Greatest Driving Loops

by Robert Glenn Ketchum

One of the greatest camping and hiking circuits to drive in the entire country, starts from my home in Los Angeles, passes through Nevada, into Utah, and on to Arizona, before heading back to LA. Along the way you can visit 3 state parks, 6 national parks, 1 national monument, and 1 national recreation area. If you wanted to put in some extra miles, you could add another national park, 2 more national monuments, and 2 more national recreation areas. I will call out the latter as we pass them, but my images will introduce you to all of the former. Come take a drive with me!




Wednesday, July 21, 2021

GETTING LOOPY:  Cruising One of North America’s Greatest Driving Loops, #11
GETTING LOOPY, #11:  
I have taken my kids to Valley of Fire many times to camp. The campground is excellent, and interesting, but they have also come to love the backcountry wandering as I have. Here Travis and I have just left the car and we are posing for Talja on a safe-to-walk-on, striped sandstone dome that descends into a sandy wash, up which we will begin our daytrip. We have food and water in our daypacks, and we will spend the entire day exploring and climbing around.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2021

Weekly Post, NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures From Ground Zero by Robert Glenn Ketchum (Posts #425+)

 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 20, 2021

NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero #462
NO PEBBLE MINE #462: 
Much larger than the stream in the last post, nonetheless, this river meanders just as erratically. Each of the yellow-green patches coming in from the left, are small streams feeding into the bigger river, and the accumulating waters will eventually become part of the flow of the Nushagak River.

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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.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Tuesday, July 20, 2021

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #256
Tongass, #256:  
This post, and the next, conclude my tutorial on comparing old growth to 2nd growth forests. In post #251, I identified one of the principle vegetations of a flourishing understory, Devil’s Club, and here is another, Skunk Cabbage (the big green leaves at the bottom). Found all over an old growth forest, huge patches of it grow where the terrain is swampy. It is also a favorite of the bears, who will go into a patch and rip it to shreds. On my 10-day traverse of Admiralty Island, the group I was with was portaging between two lakes, which took several carries. On the first leg, a section of the trail went through a considerable cluster of Skunk Cabbage, all undisturbed. On the second leg, we found it completely torn up. Uh, Oh!

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Monday, July 19, 2021

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 19, 2021

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #205 
Wind Rivers, #205:  
All three Skinner brothers, Courtney, Oly, and Monte, teach skiing at the local downhill ski area in Pinedale, and they are the best skiers amongst us. Even though we are working with boots less stiff than traditional downhill ski boots, we still can maintain some decent edge control, and here, Oly is sporting pretty good parallel form, linking a smooth series of turns. I am the most cautious of the group because I have two cameras hanging around me, and if I go down hard, I could break a rib. I need to make these pictures, however, if I expect to get this story into POWDER magazine (which I do).

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Weekly Post, GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND: A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic

GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic by Robert Glenn Ketchum


 
In 2006, I was invited to participate in a Zegrahm expedition sponsored by the Harvard Museum of Natural History, The Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund. I was to lecture aboard the ship, and to participate onshore, when visiting Inuit communities to discuss the effects of climate change on their lives. The trip would travel along the coast of southeastern Greenland, crossing the Labrador Sea, to the northwest coast of Labrador, and the southwest coast of Baffin Island.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Monday, July 19, 2021 

GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic, #41
GLB #41:  
As we wend our way through the icebergs and islands on our way to Nain the skyshow continues to unfold. It is now past midnight, and the warm afterglow of the sunset is beginning to fade, but we have come into some big icebergs which we navigate around, and they make the waters of the Labrador Sea as visually interesting as the sky above. Some of them are like small islands, and are larger than our ship, others are like small mountains, and they are taller than our ship. This world right now is more a dreamscape than a landscape to me.

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