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Friday, August 26, 2016

Weekly Post: My Life in the Garden of Eden by Robert Glenn Ketchum

My Life in the Garden of Eden
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

As part of paying the bills in my professional career, I photographed a number of significant gardens. I helped create several pretty amazing ones as well. Some of these pictures have been published in various books, but most have never been seen. In this blog, I will show you all my best garden images AND discuss garden design.





Friday, August 26, 2016
My Life in the Garden of Eden, #8:
Garden of Eden, #8:   Much of what I did in the remodel of the garden at my families Stone Canyon home (when the tour reaches the Hotel Bel Air, my family home is the one that is passed on the right - this guides dialogue is HILARIOUS) and that I will do on my new garden in Manhattan Beach are ideas I have borrowed from gardens I photographed professionally. Above is a small section in the garden at Lotusland that very effectively uses succulents and kalanchoes. The latter are the "fuzzy" brown and whitish leaves you see here in the foreground. Mixing these two provides a great variety of textures as well as color. For me, the beauty of a good mixed garden that uses succulents is that succulents come in an amazing array of colors OTHER than green, so in the garden they add color whether they are blooming or not - year round color, AND they are drought tolerant and fire resistant.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Weekly Post: 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, August 26, 2016

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #8:
The Daze of My Life, #8:   Often classmates from Webb joined me in Hawaii, and we would take summer jobs at my father’s company, so we would all have some income. With cash in the bank, in the fall of ’65 I decided to sell the Jacob’s Concave and design my own board. Sam Scranton, my friend from Webb with whom I surfed, knew staff at Wardy surfboards in Laguna Beach. Sam was also joining me in Hawaii the next summer and he wanted a new board as well, so we worked together on design/style ideas, and he got Wardy to shape the boards. Many think the Wardy shop approached making boards as an artform, so the board shape was their work, but I also wanted to contribute to their artfulness and I created the deck, stringers, and tail design. My board was 10’2” in length, and as you see here, featured some specific details: the “stringer” down the middle is a laminate of a balsa wood surrounded by redwood strips of equal width; the tail block is similarly layers of redwood and balsa; the right side of the board is offset with an oak stringer, visually balanced by two paint pin-stripes and the Wardy logo decal on the left side. As you see it, this board currently decorates the chimney of my living room fireplace.

Wardy shipped the boards to their Hawaiian store for us, and when we went to pick them up, we found they had drawn an interested crowd. Some in that circle were notable locals, and they were definitely curious to know how the boards performed. A few were sure my oak stringer would unbalance the board, but about 45-minutes later, I dropped into a 5’ peak during a low-tide at Kaiser bowl. The frighteningly shallow reef made the wave steep and hollow, and my fancy new platform carved a nice fluid bottom turn, then popped me back up into the pocket, where I was covered for several seconds by the tube, before being blown on to the shoulder, accompanied by the whooping of my friends. It was the beginning of an amazing summer that saw some big days at #3's and even a summer swell at Pipeline. If the board was imbalanced, I never noticed!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Thursday, August 25, 2016

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, August 25, 2016

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #132
Suzhou #132:  Here Shen stands with one of the embroiderers in his workshop who did the piece you see behind them. And yes, that is Shen in the embroidery and the photograph was taken by Sunny. When I first met Shen, he had already begun his studio and had done numerous embroideries of his photographs of New York. They had not sold well and I felt he should consider other subject matter anyway. AS he indicated he was going to stay in China for sometime, I suggested he take his camera into the street. As he was Chinese, he would see things unique to modernizing China, AND he would be able to connect and communicate about them in a way I never could. He took that advice very much to heart and began a series of ambitious projects involving famous sites/events such as this raging flood shown here, the Great Wall from locations little known and seldom visited, and retracing the steps of the Long March. The detailing of the water in this embroidery is especially dramatic and effective, and having been a professional at marketing in the US, he knew a shot like this of himself would serve as both a powerful embroidery and a great promotional piece.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Suzhou

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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, August 25, 2016


Silk Road - Embroideries #188
SILK ROAD #188:   SILK ROAD #188: "The Golden Light of Late Evening" would be the first of two embroideries that would use trees to explore a new kind of stitch application. Zhang was not only inspired to work with minimal stitching of the matrix, but she also saw it as a new way for the embroiderers to stitch in a more "free" form and still arrive at the visual illusion of the photograph. This detail gives meaning to those words. The foreground tree (yellow stitching coming from the lower, right corner) we will examine separately as it is an example of textural stitching similar to other pieces that we have done. It is the background of those yellow stitches that is revealed more closely here, and how VERY unusual it is. The threadwork is loose to say the least. Look at last week's post and this one together and you will see how the seemingly random stitching here is actually clearly defining a section of the forested hillside when you step back from this detail and view the whole. The black and dark purple stitches really work well to enhance the sense of deep shadows, and those vertical pale blue ones are definitely tree trunks.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Weekly Post:, ARCTIC: At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change

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, August 24, 2016

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change, #2:
ARCTIC:   At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change, #2:   The unusual telephone call came out of the blue, and after stating his name the caller launched into this tale of his intentions to cross the Northwest Passage on a luxury research vessel that he had specifically designed for the adventure. I was unsure why I was being called but thought he was proposing a "cost-sharing" expedition he wanted me to join, or perhaps teach a workshop onboard. When I queried what he wanted from me, he responded, "Oh, I am sorry! I realize my call is unexpected. Your name was given me by a mutual friend and I am William Simon, former Secretary of the Treasury. I have built this boat for this expedition and I am inviting some friends and scientists. It was suggested we should have a filmmaker or photographer as well, and 3 of my guests knew of your work. If you are interested in being photographer to this expedition, you would be my guest. There are no expenses for you. I will cover everything. " WHAT!!!! I did say YES, and there is more to that story in future posts, but for the moment allow me to introduce the 2nd author to enrich my encounters with the Arctic, John Bockstoce. John was one of Bill Simon's guests. At the moment of this picture, we have been stuck in ice for a few days and have gotten stir-crazy, consequently after lunch libations, John has led us on a "hike" across the ice. Several boat staff members also rode a snowboard while holding on to a rope that another ran ahead pulling. Note the mud of John's knees - he has been groveling (how do you get muddy on an ice-flow?) I think you can conjecture where this group is going with John leading the way. I hope you will join me on this VERY AMUSING journey.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Weekly Post: TATSHESHINI: Saving a River Wild

TATSHENSHINI:  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!



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #116
TATSHENSHINI - Saving a River Wild, #116:  With boats reloaded and preparing to leave, I stood on the shore of our camp and gazed at the amazing view of Alsek Lake and the surrounding summits one more time. The clouds lifted a little, the sky opened, and sunlight filtered through onto the the glaciers on the other side of the lake. THIS IS WILDERNESS! And this wilderness is one that I helped to create using words and pictures. How fortunate can someone be, to be part of a collective group that helped to create the largest contiguous, legally protected/designated wild lands in the ENTIRE world. My career has been blessed with some unique adventures, and some of them are conservation success stories as well, so although this blog now closes, I hope you will follow others that I post weekly ( http://rbtglennketchum.blogspot.com ), and if you are particularly interested in how I have used my work on behalf of conservation, please follow:, the recently launched, and next week, the debut of THE TONGASS - Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees. Thank for following my tale of the Tatshenshini. I hope you have enjoyed it. (Oh yes, we floated to the airstrip without incident, the planes made their way in through the weather to pick us up, and we were all drunk at the Alaskan Hotel and Bar in Juneau a few hours later - after showering!)
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Tatshenshini @glacierbaynps @Life @Wilderness #WeAreTheWild  @nature_AK
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Weekly Post: NO PEBBLE MINE: Pictures from Ground Zero by RobertGlennKetchum

NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures from Ground Zero 
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Thank you to the EPA for recognizing the value of the Bristol Bay fishery. 
NOW, what can we do to protect this habitat further? 
Mission: To protect the national parks and national refuges of southwest Alaska, 
and the Bristol Bay fishery from the development of the Pebble mine, and other commercial risks.




Tuesday, August 23, 2016 

NO PEBBLE MINE #206, Pictures from Ground Zero:  NO PEBBLE MINE #206, Pictures from Ground Zero:   In this part of the park the lakes and meandering streams coalesce into a spectacular falls that is basically a headwater of the Nushagak river. These falls are one of the spectacular fishing destinations accessed by Tikchik Narrows Lodge and its guests. Salmon migrations coming out of Bristol Bay reach the upper lakes in the park through the Nushagak and its supporting streams and rivers. This is also some of the most whitewater you will see on any of the larger rivers in Southwest, as most flow broad and flat, with occasional rocks but seldom having a dramatic sections such as this. Now we will turn west, visiting some of the large lower lakes and valleys before we circle back to the lodge.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

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.




Wednesday, August 10, 2016


 SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #129
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #129 - 1985 to the Present:   This is my final post for this blog. I hope you will continue to follow SILK ROAD, however, as that blog is about the creation of the work that brought me to China in the first place. It has now been 4 years since my last visit and I miss the "emerald towers" of OZ; the strange energy of the streets; the amazing diversity of food; the crazy signage - and so much more. I hope those of you that have followed these blogs about China have enjoyed seeing this evolution of 30yrs. through my eyes. It is not typical to the work for which my career has become known, BUT I WAS THERE and in some degree just became a witness with a camera. Watching the stunning transition of this country was a privilege and I would like to thank UCLA for helping me to become the first American artist to enter the China Exchange Program.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

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