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Friday, January 14, 2022

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, January 14, 2022

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #287
Daze, #287:  
Also in 1999, the work I created during my commission to photograph the Santa Barbara Botanic Garden was published as “Nature’s Kaleidoscope”. I had been specifically asked to concentrate a good bit of my work on native species, a feature of the garden, but that covered a lot of variety from oak trees, to poppies, numerous succulents, and aloes. Because I visited many times, and shot a large portfolio of images, my pictures constituted a substantial portion of the publication, including the cover, and the frontispiece.

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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, January 14, 2022

Cuyahoga River Valley:  From Flames to Fame #96
Cuyahoga #96:  
Doubling down on the trippy (last post).

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

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, January 13, 2022

Hotel California, Some Pictures from My Backyard, #125
California #125:  
4th of July morning at the San Francisco National Cemetery in the Presidio of San Francisco.

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The North Pole: Sitting on Top of the World by Robert Glenn Ketchum

  The North Pole:  Sitting on Top of the World

by Robert Glenn Ketchum




In 1998, and again in 2002, I had the opportunity to visit The North Pole, Franz Josef Land, Novaya Zemlya, and Yuzhny. Both times the journey was made possible aboard a nuclear Russian ice-breaker. These were unusual voyages into a strange-beautiful landscape, like no other on the planet, so hop aboard, and I will take you to some places you might not ever see otherwise.  
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Thursday, January 13, 2022

The North Pole: Sitting on Top of the World, #13
North Pole #13:  
Before any of us can disembark, however, the protocol is that the crew arms itself, deploys onto the ice, and warily creates a perimeter in which we will be allowed to mill around. Their purpose is to assure no one is surprised by a polar bear. As you can see, the surface of the ice features many ridges and big blocks, and polar bears are skillful “sneak” hunters, who cleverly get down on their stomachs and crawl slowly along, using the blocks and ridges to hide behind. We have been instructed that if anyone of the perimeter guards fires a shot, we are all to get back onboard as quickly as possible, as it means a bear has been spotted.

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

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, January 12, 2022

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #91 
Sonora #91:
None the less, for all my diss about attacks from spiny plant life, when an island is abloom, it is a glorious thing to see. It can also be a very fleeting thing to see. The flowering vegetation flourishes after a rain, but these islands in the Sea of Cortez are Sonoran desert, and cloudless days can be blazingly hot. When that kind of heat follows a bloom, it tends to wilt, or literally burn away, the new flowers. These plants, and their pollinators, are used to such cycles, however, so they have adapted, and a landscape such as this is abuzz with activity, trying to get what they need before the heat dries up the resources.

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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, January 12, 2022

GETTING LOOPY:  Cruising One of North America’s Greatest Driving Loops, #37
GETTING LOOPY, #37:  
The dramatic domes and backcountry of Zion National Park are obvious to all visitors. The exotic trail system is also a very public pleasing aspect of a park visit. But aside from driving around it, and walking the established trails, I like to go up into the second tier of the park, the high mesas, and wander completely off trail, wherever the terrain allows. It is not all vertical, and the sandstone shelves make getting around “a walk in the park."

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

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 southeast Alaska, and the fishery of Bristol Bay. The fishery is an annually renewable, BILLION-dollar-a-year industry that employs thousands and thousands of workers in multiple states. 2021 provided the largest commercial salmon catch in history (64-million+). There is no intelligent reason to allow the proposed development of the Pebble mine to go forward and imperil these resources. The United Tribes of Bristol Bay, the United Fishermen of Alaska, Trout Unlimited, Trustees For Alaska, and the Natural Resources Defense Council, all oppose the development. Even Alaskan Senator, Lisa Murkowski, has stated her opposition. The momentum is building. Now is the time to SAY NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE permanently! 
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Tuesday, January 11, 2022

NO PEBBLE MINE, Pictures from Ground Zero #487
NO PEBBLE MINE #487: 
The ranges that comprise a good part of Lake Clark National Park, and those mountains that surround Lake Clark itself, draw in some fierce weather (above), not only from the Pacific, but also from northern Alaska. When flying into Port Alsworth from Anchorage, rather than trying to climb above the ranges, most pilots, especially of small planes, fly through what is known as Lake Clark Pass, which begins at the end of Little Lake Clark, and winds through a deep valley surrounded by ice-capped summits, eventually opening onto Cook Inlet, not far from Anchorage. Traversing the pass during bad weather is frightening to say the least, and in fact, many have died on such flights, particularly during the winter months.

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Thursday, October 14, 2021

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, October 14, 2021

SUNDANCE: Artist In Residence, #170
Sundance #170:  
Sundance is an amazing resort, a dramatic environment, and a brilliant idea. I am grateful to have been able to participate, and contribute as a visual artist, in the Artist-In-Residence program. I would like to thank all the staff that made me welcome, especially, Brent Beck, who went out of his way to provide me with access, and promote the work I created; the members of the ski patrol that periodically guided me; the gracious staff of the dining room that fed me every night; and last, but certainly not least, my friend, Robert Redford, who took an interest in my work, and gave me this incredible opportunity. Thank you all SO much!

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Wednesday, May 5, 2021

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, November 3, 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, November 3, 2020 

NO PEBBLE MINE , Pictures from Ground Zero
NO PEBBLE MINE #425:
I spend a considerable amount of the day wandering in the weeds, and given the results (this, and last three posts) it has been a much better thing to do than to stay in my room at the inn and watch TV. Around midday the rain turned to a drizzle, and now in late afternoon, the rain has stopped entirely. The dense fog has lifted, and there is a gentle breeze coming in from the Pacific. The skies overhead still look dark and stormy, but it feels like this spate of weather has passed, and I am thinking that air transportation will resume tomorrow, so likely I will be headed home to LA. With that thought in mind, and the chill of the evening settling in on me, I call it a day, head back to the inn, switch out of my damp clothes, and walk to The Muddy Rudder restaurant for one last dinner pig-out. It is one, so stuffed on giant pork chops, I take one last walk about town, before turning in.

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