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Friday, May 7, 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, May 7, 2021
The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #251
Daze, #251: 
On the way to San Ignacio Lagoon with NRDC and their star-studded guest list (see previous post), we fly over the salt extraction operation at Scammons Lagoon, which, when constructed by Mitsubishi disrupted the grey whales using it as a birthing nursery, causing a decline in their visitation numbers. Now Mitsubishi wants to do the same in San Ignacio Lagoon, and NRDC is determined NOT to let it happen. The whales of San Ignacio Lagoon apparently display a most unusual “affection” behavior, and choose to interact with visitors, often allowing themselves to be “petted”. What?
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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, May 7, 2021

Cuyahoga River Valley:  From Flames to Fame #60
Cuyahoga #60:  
Too many mushrooms in my omelette this morning, now I am seeing patterns on the forest floor. Hahaha!

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Thursday, May 6, 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, May 6, 2021

Hotel California, Some Pictures From My Backyard, #89
California #89:  
A small part of my cactus and succulent garden at my former family home, 696 Stone Canyon Road.

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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, May 6, 2021

SUNDANCE: Artist In Residence, #147
Sundance #147:  
Spring has sprung, the grass has riz, and every shade of green known radiates from the forest of trees.

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Wednesday, May 5, 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, May 5, 2021

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #55
Sonora #55:
With the sun below the horizon, the angle of the rays is now hitting the upper layers of clouds, and it is setting the sky on fire. Against the silhouette of the hillside crowned by saguaros, the sky blows up into a classic Sonoran who-haw! This is one of the most dramatic twilights I have seen so far, and it is a 360˙ performance, complete with bird noises, and a subtle, warm breeze. I could care less about being back at my house in time for a swim tonight. I am sitting this one until it is dark. Puntia will be proud of my determination.

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Weekly Post, "Arctic: At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change" by Robert Glenn Ketchum

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



In 1993, I began traveling to the Arctic. I have been across The Northwest Passage by yacht; to the North Pole twice; to little-visited Russian islands; and aboard research vessels in Greenland, Labrador, Newfoundland, and Baffin Island, taking the opportunity to visit Iqualuit, the capital of Nunavut, the recently created Inuit nation and territories.




Wednesday, May 5, 2021

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change, #247
ARCTIC, #247:  
This is the last post for this Northwest Passage blog. Appropriately, it is a map of our journey, compiled for us by Captain Jouning. As you will recall, our adventure began in Nome, AK, to the far left. Trying to avoid the pack ice, we hugged the coastline of the Alaskan North Slope and Canada, as we progressed. This blog recounts the many places, and villages, at which we stopped along the way. If you look carefully, you will see that shortly after our trip turns North, there are red dots. That marks the spot where “Itasca” became trapped in the ice of the James Ross Strait for several days. Once we freed ourselves, and turned East, we reached the coast of Baffin Island and dropped anchor at the town of Pond Inlet. It was here that Bill Simon commandeered a cargo plane and two pilots. who allowed us to join them for some flightseeing. Our plane visited some historic, locations, the town of Resolute, and then flew North to Eureka Base, where we spent the night. The next day we visited Otto Fjord, returned to Eureka to fuel up, and then headed back to Pond Inlet with an attempted stop at Grise Fjord that nearly killed all of us. It was a great privilege for me as a photographer to get to view this vast Arctic landscape, so I thank my shipmates for having me along, and I hope all of you think my photographs have done justice to a part of the world you might never see.

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Tuesday, May 4, 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, May 4, 2021

NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero #451
NO PEBBLE MINE #451: 
Some of the companies I helped as part of the national coalition against the development of the Pebble mine are Tiffany & Co., Tommy Hilfiger, and Orvis. Orvis offers many fishing trips in the Bristol Bay region through its catalogue, and they have become very outspoken about the mine. So when the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers denied the permit late in 2020, they sent this email to all of their “friends,” and they have thousands of them. Clearly this kind of publicity is a further blow to the development company, Northern Dynasty. Of course, the real damage was done by the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers that denied their federal permit over issues with the Clean Water Act. Go back to Canada, ND! SAY NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!

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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, May 4, 2021

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #245
Tongass, #245:  
Rain, rain DON”T go away,..just don’t rain too hard. The drizzle, and the bright overcast are a color photographers wet dream, so our drive about is making me very happy. Above is one of my favorite details of the afternoon. We had to slog around a bit to get here, and we are actually standing in shallow water, but hey, that is why Extra Tuff boots are called Alaskan tennis shoes. You don’t go anywhere, or get anywhere without them. As we wend our way down the road out of town, we will eventually come to the Mendenhall Glacier, but for the time being, I am having way too much fun in the weeds.

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Monday, May 3, 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, May 3, 2021

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #194 
Wind Rivers, #194:  
And so it begins! Slowly, ever upward using big, long traverses to the point where something blocks you, then you kick-turn and crisscross back. It is a meditative, methodical process, and everyone is spaced apart so that if someone sets off a slide, it won’t take out the person below them. The snow is VERY firm from windpacking, however, so I doubt we are going to see anything slide today. Notice in this shot how completely on the surface crust his ski is, there is no sinking in whatsoever. There is no powder to be found, so the ski down is going to be like skiing on spring snow. The wind has picked up a bit, and some clouds are blowing in, but it does not feel like storm conditions, so we are pretty sure we will summit, perhaps in the next two hours.

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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, May 3, 2021 
GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic, #30
GLB #30:  
In the previous post, I commented that the late evening skyshow seemed as though the clouds had been set on fire. As it turns out, it is a slow burning fire that goes on for 1/2hr., deepening in color in the upper atmosphere, while the lower layer of clouds fade to black. It is a breathtaking display, and aside from the crew in the captains steerage, I am the only one watching. With no offense intended to those lecturing, at the moment this is a MUCH better way to spend the evening, so I linger until all the color finally dissipates, then rejoin my shipmates, and toast my good fortune with further alcohol consumption. Hahaha!

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