Monday, September 1, 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 1, 2014

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #100:
HUDSON RIVER #100: Certainly one of the issues of being "out" in the Hudson Valley winter was just being able to get around. I don't mean 'in-the-woods' as much as I mean 'out-on-the-roads'. Really bad weather brought serious ice or deep snow, and many of the smaller community and farm roads were slow to be plowed. Once again my tricked-out van was an essential tool! Not only did I have tires and transmission suited for winter conditions, BUT it was also fully insulated.  Using NO STOVES, or heaters, I regularly overnighted off-road in rural places, fully expecting weather to come during the night, and wanting to be in the middle of it when morning arrived. Kind of J.M.W. Turner... in a van!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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Friday, August 29, 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, August 29, 2014

Traveling in China Since 1985, #94
CHINA #94: Carey and I walked to this more remote sunset view, in part, because it was the pathway we would follow out and down in the morning. From our hotel, we had to navigate some guest houses where tourists were staying, as well as several employee "villages" in order to reach this spot.  This is where the staircase first plunges downward (to the left in this picture), leaving the 'service' area of the mountain, entering the 'wilder' mountain park. We needed to be sure of our route, so in the early morning hour of our departure, we would lose no time being confused by the numerous trails. Staring down into the darkening abyss at the infinity of stairs, I thought of a quote from a great Alaskan adventurer Norman Vaughan, who said, "The only death you die is the death you die every day by not living. Dream big and dare to fail." So, here we go... we are a LONG way from home!
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, August 29, 2014

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #27
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #27 - 1985 to the Present:  Given what was happening as megastructures popped-up all over the city, and more and more #Chinese began to drive cars, #Shanghai had to re-engineer its entire road systems. BUT, in a city as old and established as Shanghai, this task was staggering. In order to accommodate more scooters and bikes, and less cars, the system also had to be bike-friendly. Even as Shanghai grew more modern and fashionable, on any given day thousands of residents manoeuvre these streets on their bicycles.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

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Thursday, August 28, 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, August 28, 2014

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #28
Suzhou #28: It wasn't only the boats that were doing the heavy lifting. #Suzhou was eager to forge ahead into the New #China, especially to have better #water quality in the canals and a better system of sewage and water delivery in the homes. In the beginning, however, they did not yet have enough heavy industrial equipment to meet all the demands of reconstruction, so much of the work was done by VERY physical manual labor. This crew is working on digging out a canal and removing the toxic bottom mud. The density of this mud makes it incredibly heavy.  As you can see, it takes two people to carry one yoke. It took weeks, and thousands of trips down into and back up out of the canal to complete the work. How about that twist-tie / bamboo pole bridge that supported all that weight and traffic... simply amazing!
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, August 28, 2014

Silk Road - Embroideries #84
SILK ROAD #84: Because I saw this image of "3 Trees" as very much like a Chinese brush painting, I wanted to carry that "feeling" through to the finished piece, so even the frame became part of the design. The finished embroidery and border are app. 16"x 20" exclusive of the frame. The frame is a mahogany, swivel-based stand incorporating carved symbols of the Phoenix as part of the framing element. This 2-sided embroidery also employs 4 different stitches, most notable of which are the trees that have been rendered with the "acupuncture" stitch in varying sizes. The "border" surrounding the image is a form of pattern stitching called "Chuo Sha" and it is sewn into the same matrix as the image. The "Chuo Sha" border created here uses a stitch technique called "pierced silk." Embroidery of the image took 6-months, and creation of the "Chuo Sha" border also took 6-months. My friend, and embroiderer of many of my most important pieces, Huang Chunya, was the principle embroiderer and she was assisted by Huang Nanping.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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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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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

No Pebble Mine! Pebble asks EPA to 'stop the madness' of potential veto by Manuel Quiñones

Below is the second of two recent articles that reflect the continuing resolve of the Pebble Limited Partnership – that is, Northern Dynasty Minerals. Their new CEO – a DC lawyer named Tom Collier – has been doing the rounds in DC, arguing in the strongest terms that the Pebble Mine is a good project, that the environmental community is conspiring illegally with EPA, that EPA is an out-of-control agency for responding to the request of Bristol Bay residents for help, and that new funding for the project is imminent.

Obviously, we have a different view – see below. I was in DC recently myself with a long list of Pebble Mine meetings on the Hill and with EPA. These articles demonstrate how important it is not to let up – and we won’t.
~All the best, Joel
Joel Reynolds
Western Director, Senior Attorney, 
Natural Resources Defense Council


Photograph © Robert Glenn Ketchum 
Pebble asks EPA to 'stop the madness' of potential veto
by Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter
Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2014/04/30/stories/1059998750

Pebble LP, the company that wants to develop a large copper and gold mine in southwestern Alaska, is making its case against a potential pre-emptive U.S. EPA veto of the project.

No Pebble Mine! EPA Accused of Power Grab By Ben Goad, Megan R. Wilson and Timothy Cama

Below is one of two recent articles that reflect the continuing resolve of the Pebble Limited Partnership – that is, Northern Dynasty Minerals. Their new CEO – a DC lawyer named Tom Collier – has been doing the rounds in DC, arguing in the strongest terms that the Pebble Mine is a good project, that the environmental community is conspiring illegally with EPA, that EPA is an out-of-control agency for responding to the request of Bristol Bay residents for help, and that new funding for the project is imminent.

Obviously, we have a different view – see below. I was in DC recently myself with a long list of Pebble Mine meetings on the Hill and with EPA. These articles demonstrate how important it is not to let up – and we won’t.
~All the best, Joel
Joel Reynolds
Western Director, Senior Attorney, 
Natural Resources Defense Council

Although we have made progress and investors have pulled back, IT IS NEVER OVER 'TILL IT'S OVER!  Photograph © Robert Glenn Ketchum 

EPA accused of power grab
http://thehill.com/regulation/energy-environment/204762-epa-accused-of-power-grab-in-dispute-over-alaska-mine 
By Ben Goad, Megan R. Wilson and Timothy Cama

Backers of a massive planned gold and copper mining operation in Alaska are accusing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of going to unprecedented lengths to torpedo the project.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Venice Art Walk 2014 - Los Angeles


The weekend of May 17-18 is a BIG fundraising effort for both Crossroads School (where my children go) and for the Venice Family Clinic and their legendary annual ARTWALK. Yesterday I posted the auction image and information about Crossroads, but that is an event for the school only, not the general public.

On Sunday the 18th, however, the ARTWALK event is VERY public so come enjoy the MANY things that are going on.

"Adrift in The Garden" 2014 
24" x 36" 
manipulated photograph printed on aluminum 
photograph © 2014 Robert Glenn Ketchum
This image will be part of those displayed in the Google headquarters in Venice which serve as the auction galleries. Great food trucks and wine, some of LA's best artists, and a great cause! Come to Venice on Sunday the 18th, enjoy the party and BID MY PRINT UP - it was made uniquely for this auction. ~Robert Glenn Ketchum

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