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Wednesday, November 14, 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, November 14, 2018
“Topological Wormhole"

circa 1985-1995


Stoned Immaculate, #105:
Immaculate, #105:  from the portfolio, STONED IMMACULATE

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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, November 14, 2018

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change, #118:
ARCTIC, #118:  The helicopter pilot and I have been flying above Lancaster Sound and Baffin Island for a good part of the morning, when waves of fog begin to form. At one point we see a broad beach, and I suggest we land to watch the light show and have a look at things from ground level (last post). The beach is strange and spare, but the fog/light show is over the top. There is a cold wind blowing causing rolling tubes of fog sweep over us, noticeably dropping the temperature even further, and coating our plastic gear with moisture. Unexpectedly, and rather abruptly, the wind dies down, the turbulence stops, and the fog diffuses. Immediately diffuse vapor particles alight the sky with a golden glow, and then the sky and horizon merge. We are floating! For several minutes, the pilot and I are speechless, and I just take pictures, but the condition is clearly evolving, and the fog is becoming more dense, surrounding us. Finally, the pilot snaps out of our reverie and says we should probably fly. If the fog is this thick everywhere, he is concerned we might not find “Itasca" until it clears.

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Tuesday, November 13, 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, November 13, 2018 

NO PEBBLE MINE #322, Pictures from Ground Zero
NO PEBBLE MINE #322:  As we fly into the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge, the terrain and habitat change in a noticeable way. For one, the refuge is more expansive than Wood-Tikchik State Park, where we have just been. It is easily two or three times larger, and that difference is visible immediately from the area. The valley we are following “down” from the mountains, broadens as it gets lower, finally spilling onto the basin floor that forms the refuge. Below our wings, several streams merge, and I can see others pouring in from elsewhere. Then, a number of lakes appear, into which these drainages are feeding. The pilot tells me that we are in the headwaters of the Togiak River, which we will now follow to the coast, and these are part of the Upper Togiak Lake(s). This parting view shows the headwater lakes, and looks south and west, back into the distant peaks which are part of Tikchik.
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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, November 13, 2018



THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #116:
THE TONGASS, #116:  Philip Slagter and I, regroup in Ketchikan after our cabin camp at Walker Lake, and prepare for our first kayak camping trip. We plan to go into Rudyerd Bay, one of the many fjords in Misty Fjords National Monument. We have a boat operator that will drop us, and pick us up, and we have even found someone to loan us a rifle, so that we finally have some bear protection. It has been an unusually warm and sunny summer, as we experienced at Walker Lake, but today, as we head for Rudyerd Bay, Misty Fjords and the Tongass RAINFOREST are doing what they do best,..raining. Really raining! Philip and I wish it were otherwise, but we do have to get used to it, so we are off for another adventure to add to our learning curve. It is not especially windy, but it is raining hard, and does so for most of our boat trip. It seems to abate as we motor into the Behm Canal, and when we turn into Rudyerd Bay, it stops for a brief while. We are hopeful, and about halfway into the fjord bay, we have our boat pilot drop us. This is a drill I will repeat many times over the ensuing years, but the thrill of it never seems to change - the loaded kayaks go over the side, you squeeze down into the them through all of the gear packed around you, everybody confirms time and place of pick up, the mothercraft departs,..and you and your crew are sitting in a deepwater fjord wilderness, encapsulated in a skinny, funny looking boat with one big, weird paddle, and looking for a place to call home. It has not yet occurred to us that a fjord might not offer a lot of campsites,..especially one that has an 18ft. tidal swing twice-a-day. Oh well, there certainly is no going back now!
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Monday, November 12, 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, November 12, 2018

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #64:
Wind River, #64:  There are many curiosities in the rock-strewn valley past the end of the last Titcomb Lake. The flowering meadows have all but disappeared, and in their place stand erratic boulders, and places where the slab granite has been fractured so perfectly, it appears to be hand-hewn. Belle and I have wandered off in our own direction when we come to this - a place where the river is wide, shallow, and flowing through rock pools. These are not typical “wild” pools, however, as they are more like manufactured ones, some are so perfectly cut. The fracturing of the granite all about us is sheer and precise - straight lines and AMAZING right angles! Then, Belle finds a perfect bathtub (left) and, of course, jumps in. The amazing rock “pool” is so tempting, I nearly join here, but decide against it as I would easily get hypothermic in the cold water, and then trying to dry of in this wind. Belle is NOT having that problem - LOL!
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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, November 12, 2018

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #132:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET, #132:  Above Boulder Basin and the ruins of the old mining town, there are numerous open slopes that ascend to the exposed rock summits, and many seem stabile enough to ski. For whatever it is worth, all of us trail avalanche cords behind us, and we carry Pieps avalanche beacons in our pockets. We also all have snow shovels in our day packs. We have come to have fun, not get buried. The skiing is GREAT, and for me, the views even greater. Best of all, I am getting pictures that will serve both POWDER magazine, and my own personal portfolio of B&W work, “WINTERS: 1970-1980.” At the moment of this image, however, I am about to lock down my heels and “drop-in.” There is a beautiful, long run back down to the basin floor in front of me, and the light is great. I would like to be aggressive about this, but having two Nikons strapped to my chest warrants more caution. Best not to take a header in deep powder. For scale of the terrain we are in, notice the limber pine on the rock outcrop in the lower, middle of the image. THAT is a HUGE tree!
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Friday, November 9, 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, November 9, 2018

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #121: Daze, #121:  Once “American Photographers and the National Parks” ( posts #116-117) begins to travel, there is no need for me to be at the National Park Foundation offices in DC on a daily basis anymore. I want to pursue my color work in the eastern woodlands, in particular, and so I give up my rental home in Maryland, and begin to travel and live out of my van. From images I have already created (posts #107-109), I know I have an abundance of color to work with given the New England fall, but I don’t want obvious “fall colors” to be the only subject. A few days before I extract myself from DC, I take a camera walk on a cold, blustery day, well after all of the fall colors have gone. My walk brings me to a high berm at the edge of the forest, where I stop to hear the way the gusting wind rattles through the barren limbs, and I take this picture. Entitled, “Have You Ever Listened To The Forest Breathe?”, it becomes one of the images that will be published in my ORDER FROM CHAOS portfolio. This particular image is also acquired by John Szarkowski for the collection at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) in New York. It is part of the collection of the Amon Carter Museum in Texas, and the Huntington, Library, Gardens, and Galleries in Los Angeles, as well.
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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, November 9, 2018

FISHFARMS: Forming My World View through Aquaculture in 1977, #29:
Fish Farms #29:  We are met at the airport in southern Goa, by several friends of Elisabeth’s, and they will drive us further south, into the state of Kerala. The drive follows a beautiful tropical coast whose vast beaches are punctuated by cities concentrated around bays and river estuaries, supporting a lot of boat traffic. At the end of our first day of driving, we arrive at one such city, where there are more friends, to whom we are being handed off. We are close to the equator, and just before monsoon season is to begin, so it is VERY hot and humid. Our new hosts arrange a nice hotel on the water, and then make plans to take us to dinner. Dinner is a long process that involves cooling down at the end of the day. It starts with a lengthy water taxi ride, out into a vast bay, then eventually up one of the the less traveled “fingers” of water that stretches back into a jungle-like environment, where there is a lovely, open-air restaurant at the water’s edge. It is a beautiful evening, a lovely boat ride, a GREAT dinner,..and I do finally cool down,..a bit.
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Thursday, November 8, 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, November 8, 2018

University of Wisconsin: Artist In Residence, #2:
Wisconsin#2:  Other projects upon which I am working involve some sizable landscapes with greatly varied terrain. I am interested in the idea of this Artist-in-Residence in Wisconsin, but I am unsure if on such a small property, there is enough variety of view to make the work interesting and worth their while. I tell Marlin Johnson, the field biologist from the University of Wisconsin that has contacted me, that I like the idea but I won’t commit until I can visit and see what is involved. That is easy enough to do as I am regularly flying to Cleveland-Akron (OH) to work on my commission to photograph the Cuyahoga River valley, so the next time I visit Ohio, I fly to Wisconsin as well. Marlin greets me at the airport, and we take a pleasant drive through some very rural country sporting lots of cows, and farms with big garden patches. Eventually the terrain takes on a very unique look - more rock outcrops, and streams, ponds, and birds appear everywhere. We have arrived in the Kettle Moraine, and will soon be at the farm/field station. The house proposed as my accommodations, is quite comfortable, and VERY country. Marlin’s “biology” is everywhere. There are text books scattered throughout the house. There are many agricultural magazines, and in various rooms with available sunlit windows, Marlin and his students have strung up for drying, many of the grasses, herbs, and flowers with which they are working. I am told it is a “specimen collection.” How about the “bachelor” kitchen shelf - peanut butter, canned tuna, and beans -LOL. (We actually ate much better than that.)
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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, November 8, 2018

SUNDANCE: Artist In Residence, #17:
Sundance #17:  Rain and the overcast bring out saturated colors of the fall foliage, and Sundance sees plenty of weather, so it rains frequently and offers me some amazing images. This is a rural road with great views of Timpanogos in the distance. At the moment, however, Timp is NOT the show as fall is upon us, and the rain is causing all the vegetation to glow, and it is not just a few trees. The bushes change color. The desert grasses do, as well. Everybody gets into the act. As the season intensifies and peaks, the hillsides of the eastern Wasatch scream out with startling puffs of color that go clear to the summits, and the lower slopes are decorated with dense groves of trees, that not only are intermixed species competing for space and nutrients, but they also seem to be having a flamboyant color display of one-ups-manship.
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