Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Weekly Post: TRACY ARM WILDERNESS - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time by Robert Glenn Ketchum

TRACY ARM WILDERNESS - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time by Robert Glenn Ketchum

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act (#Wilderness), this new blog focuses on a wilderness area in the #Tongass rainforest of southeast Alaska. This is the tale of a 10-day kayak trip - a testament to WHY wilderness is important, by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #4
TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #4:  Our #kayak trip was a party of three, with one solo kayak, and one two-man "cargo" kayak. #TracyArm is in one of the wettest parts of the #Tongass rainforest, so since this is to be a 10-day trip, gear prep-to-perfection is a must. We had just come from another (shorter) adventure getting "warmed-up", and we staged for this next paddle out of the ever-lovely #AlaskanHotel and Bar. Originally it was a saloon and whore house on Main Street, and in 1988 not a lot of the ambiance had changed but the name. The rooms still had huge mirrored bureaus in front of the beds, the bedcovers were the same red velvet as the drapes with white lace curtains. For us, the best was that it was cheap, AND all the plumbing pipes were exposed. Here you see me (in my original printing of Ray Troll's first t-shirt, "Spawn Til You Die") drying and sorting gear in my room. The Patagonia capilene is draped on the feeble radiator, and my tent is up-side-down hanging from pipes. Here I am draining tent poles still leaking water, and the rainfly covers a door on the bureau. I see stoves and fuel cans. I see drippy daypacks. I see... wait, where is the bed!?!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wilderness #Wilderness #Tongass

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Weekly Post: SAN IGNACIO LAGOON: Saved For the Whales! by Robert GlennKetchum

by Robert Glenn Ketchum

World-Renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum dedicates Tuesday's to the Natural Resources Defense Council's (@NRDC) successful campaign that kept a whale birthing lagoon from industrial development.  Laguna San Ignacio Gray Whale Nursery in Baja California, Mexico is best known as the winter home to the once-endangered gray whale. The lagoon lies within one of the largest ecological preserves in Latin America, designated a Biosphere Reserve / World Heritage Site by the Mexican government in 1988. This blog is part of that story.  Enjoy!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

San Ignacio Lagoon: SAVED For the Whales! #90:
SAN IGNACIO WHALES #90: The bottom line is that A LOT OF PEOPLE showed their human concern for the protection of some amazing fellow travelers on this #planet and now the gray #whales of #SanIgnacioLagoon can continue their long history of using this safe haven as their birthing area and nursery! Thank you #JoelReynolds and #NRDC for inviting me to take part in this. Thank you to Bobbie Kennedy and his family, the Aridjis, Glenn Close and her daughter, and Pierce Brosnan and his son for allowing themselves to be figureheads to this #campaign and for allowing all of us the thousands of pictures, interviews, and words that it took. This was a privilege for me, as well as an education.  AND a chance to physically interact with one of the largest minds and creatures on this planet. This is the last post of this story, so I hope you have enjoyed what I have tried to relate and that you will take the opportunity to visit San Ignacio, touch a whale, drink some tequila and cerveza and watch the sun rise and set in shimmering radiance of the tidal fluctuations.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #SanIgnacioLagoon @NRDC @AudubonMagazine @RobertKennedyJr @PierceBrosnan @JMCousteau @HomeroAridjis @ProNaturaMexico @PentaxOnline @FujiFilmUS


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Monday, September 15, 2014

Weekly Post: THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS by Robert Glenn Ketchum

by Robert Glenn Ketchum


This is the story of my first major commission and book, THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS (Aperture, 1985). In 1984, #StephenShore, #WilliamClift and I received a 2-year commission from the Lila Acheson Wallace Fund to photograph the #HudsonRiverValley. This blog tells the tale of the book, with many photos not seen before. Enjoy!


Monday, September 15, 2014

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #102:
HUDSON RIVER #102: Another great part about "being there", out in the elements when the storm is happening, is that you are in an incredible position to work, both during the storm AND immediately thereafter (if you can get around). When #weather would break in the #HudsonRiverValley, the departure of a storm was usually accompanied by a lot windy conditions. In front of you is a very delicate balance; the storm has broken and the #snowfall has stopped. In this shot, it looks like 2-inches have accumulated on every twig and branch. If you were just leaving your home or studio, you would never see this, because within minutes after I took this, a chill breeze began to blow pushing the storm out. It also began a mortal cascade that only grew greater as the wind grew stronger. One branch would unload, and falling snow chunks would set off hundreds of other branches. In a matter of minutes it was as if it were snowing again... and then it was all gone!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekly Post: CHINA Travels Since 1985 by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Traveling in CHINA Since 1985 by Robert Glenn Ketchum

During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. Earthwatch was one organization that allowed foreigners to visit China without going through too much red-tape. These photographs are a first glimpse into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum. 




Friday, September 12, 2014

Traveling in China Since 1985, #96
CHINA #96: At the top of the stairs Carey and I paused one last time to look back at our #Behai hotel group as the sun rose upon it. We jokingly pondered about how our guide's day would unfold when we did not come down for breakfast with him. By the time he would go to our room and find the luggage, we would be long gone. Our plan was good so far and the day looked to be clear and warming. From where we were presently standing, it was obvious the path was starting down, the question was - as it often is when you hike in the mountains - how many "ups" will there be as we work our way down. More than 60,000 stairs is A LOT of stairs!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China @Earthwatch_org

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Weekly Post: SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient by Robert Glenn Ketchum

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient by Robert Glenn Ketchum

During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. These photographs are a continuation of other ongoing blog threads of the first glimpses into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.


Friday, September 12, 2014

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #29
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #29 - 1985 to the Present: I could not resist this! One of the reasons I enjoy #Chinese culture is their willingness to go "over-the-top" with things: food, style, weddings. And since we have been talking about changes in traffic density causing a redesigning of city streets, here is one of those redesigns. Now THAT is a "joyful" stretch of bikepath if I ever saw one. These are NOT Christmas decorations !
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Weekly Post: SUZHOU, 1985-to the present by RobertGlennKetchum

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present by Robert Glenn Ketchum

During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. These photographs are a continuation of other ongoing blog threads of the first glimpses into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer 
Robert Glenn Ketchum.





Thursday, September 11, 2014

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #30
Suzhou #30: The transformation of #Suzhou would change another aspect of the ancient city I had come to have special appreciation for; the textures of everyday life. There is a lot of what I am talking about in this picture. Not only is this working barge predictably gritty, but look at the layers in the homes. Many of the old Suzhou homes were comprised of scavenged rock, brick, and tile, often randomly stacked which gave color to the otherwise grey or white walls that were plastered. Even the plastered walls showed their layers of time, stained by dripping water and mold. The gleaming blue and white apartment housing that has replaced these ancient homes is clearly more comfortable to live in, and with far better heat, water, and electric but the facades of the New Suzhou lack the "character" of the old city.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Suzhuo

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Weekly Post: SILK ROAD - Embroideries of Robert Glenn Ketchum

Silk Road - Embroideries of Robert Glenn Ketchum

The city of Suzhou, China, produced China's most beautiful silk and silk embroidery practiced by generational families for 3,000 years. My purpose in going to China starting in the mid-1980's was to turn my photographs into textiles, and this is my story. ~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Silk Road - Embroideries #86
SILK ROAD #86: The original #photograph of "3 Trees" was made on a multi-day, high-alpine skiing and mountaineering trip in the #PioneerMountains of #Idaho. The trees are alpine pines with an array of needles that are very leaf-like, and they bear lots of tiny pinecones. The combination of stitches used to render them in this embroidery, including the acupuncture needle stitch, PERFECTLY captures the look and texture of these amazing trees. Zhang was at first confused by seeing only parts of certain trees, but I explained they were behind a hill that in the flat light you could not see - the only thing defining it was the curve of "bottomless" trees - that set her creative process off and she suggested we use "lighter" blacks and gray in the stitches as the trees receded "into" the distance. Her intention was to make the rocks and trees in the immediate foreground appear "closer," suggesting by shades of thread that trees in the distance grew less distinct.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Weekly Post: TATSHESHINI: Saving a River Wild

TATSHESHINI: Saving a River Wild by Robert Glenn Ketchum

In 1990, I was invited on a 10-day float down the Tatshenshini, a huge river system flowing from Western Canada to the Pacific Ocean that literally divides two of North America's largest national parks, Canada's Kluane National Park and Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. A gold mine was being proposed mid-river. I broke the story in LIFE magazine. There were many other articles and a book. The mine was never developed and the river is now a wilderness corridor. This is a conservation SUCCESS story!


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #14
TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #14: In spite of passing weather, the morning seemed off to a good start as you can see from #CeliaHunter's beaming face (right, foreground). Our party had four boats: leading today was a novice guide, with the laden cargo boat and no passengers. Then came the boat with Celia, the teenager from #Juneau, and the older man, who like Celia was in his 70's. Behind them were the other two boats, with lead guide Dick Wright as "sweep." The current was really flowing and it took some work to navigate through braids and around sandbars. At one point, the cargo boat swung too wide on a turn because of its weight, and began to drift into the wrong braid channel. Getting separated in this maze would be disastrous, so to prevent getting pulled into the channel, the guide grounded the boat on the bar, and got out to push it back into the main channel. Celia's boat blew by, headed downriver. Not wanting to get separated either, they started looking for an eddy where they could 'hold ground' until the cargo boat was back with the group. They found a SMALL eddy in front of a big sand bar with a steep embankment, and there was a vertical tree trunk buried solidly in river mud sticking up several feet out of the water at the shore of the bar.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Tatshenshini @glacierbaynps @Life @Wilderness #WeAreTheWild @nature_AK

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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Robert Glenn Ketchum: A Life at the Intersection of Pictures and Politics at The G2 Gallery

photograph © copyright, Robert Glenn Ketchum, 2014

ASMP LA Presents

Robert Glenn Ketchum: A Life at the Intersection of Pictures and Politics at The G2 Gallery:

Join ASMPLA and the G2 Gallery for a night with conservation photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.

August 26, 2014
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM (Social time starts at 6:30 PM)


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