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Thursday, October 27, 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, October 27, 2016

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #141
Suzhou #141:  If you have followed this blog from the beginning, this may look familiar. Check post #36. The difference is 30yrs. As I have repeated many times, it is amazing how the more things change, the more they stay the same. The house is bigger and perhaps the yard is as well, but the personal pleasure of being in the garden to work or to ponder clearly lives on regardless of change and modernization. Outside the quietude of the garden and canal, the streets are bustling, and the "change" is very apparent. For this post I am left contemplating a billboard that offers no brand, no advertisement, and no specific product I can identify but it DOES FEATURE three Caucasian girls in cowboy hats with their pants down around their ankles, and they are all wearing brightly colored, flowered underwear, and flirting with the camera. What ????
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, October 27, 2016

Silk Road - Embroideries #197
SILK ROAD #197:  On the left-hand side of this embroidery, the treatment of the background was slightly different. Rather than an accurate delineation of a group of leaves in one distant tree that then becomes more abstract in the overall stitching, attention here was paid to the leaves in the FOREGROUND, which were rendered with great detail. The background is a COMPLETELY texture-driven orgy of varying stitches that don't really define anything absolutely, but serve more as a sea of colors and forms that SUGGEST leaves, some that might even be blowing around. The effect of this swimming relief of needlework, is that the highly detailed branches, twigs, and leaves of the immediate foreground noticeably separate, exaggerating the visual sense of dimensional space. Now, what happens when these details are read as the completed embroidery? See you next week!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

The G2 Gallery Exhibit, "100 Years of National Parks: The West"

If you have not done so, please come to The G2 Gallery in Venice, California and enjoy the exhibit of western national parks in celebration of their 100th Anniversary.

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, October 26, 2016

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change, #11:
ARCTIC:   At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change, #11:  By the time we reach Barrow the ice is around us all of the time and getting more dense. Weather is clear and windless except for the diurnal morning fogs, and so the surface of the sea is like glass. As the sun rises and the fog slowly burns off, the brilliance of light is blinding and makes for some very strange exposures. After passing Barrow, the encroaching pack ice forces Itasca to navigate closer to shore as our boat has a relatively shallow draft and can ply shallow waters safely. Big bergs ground themselves further out, allowing us passage between them and the shoreline. During this traverse along the coast of the North Slope some VERY UNUSUAL things begin to occur. By midday the morning fog burns off, and the skies are crystal clear like no other place on the planet because of the lack of air pollution. These conditions above an ice-covered see, allow light waves to reflect off of the frozen ocean surface, bounce back into the atmosphere where they reflect back to earth once again, and so on. These bouncing light waves can come from anywhere and be of anything - these are mirages. I am not talking about the one where you are driving in the desert and the pavement looks wet but it is not. THESE mirages are truly hard to believe and come in numerous forms, so keep reading, you will see next week.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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, October 25, 2016

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #9:
THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #9:  Assuming you get through the first dense wall of vegetation and Devil's Club, the forest opens up, but that does not necessarily mean that it is any easier to travel through. While it is navigable, being off-trail is a very tricky gambit. Besides falling through moss covered holes between logs piled atop one another, there are places where the ground is so saturated that it reacts like quicksand and is referred to as "boot-sucking" because it pulls them off your feet if you step into it. HUGE skunk cabbage are everywhere, as you can see here, and not all of them grow in swamp water, the largest are on drier ground. When you do venture through the "veil" off branches at the shore and enter the forest, there are two things you try to avoid or work around - the first are these large areas of blackwater - you CANNOT wade through them; and secondly, try NOT to discover really huge skunk cabbages that are all torn up, a grizzly did that having lunch and it could still be nearby snoozing after the meal.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Weekly Post: NO PEBBLE MINE: Pictures from Ground Zero by Robert Glenn Ketchum

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, October 25, 2016 

NO PEBBLE MINE #215, Pictures from Ground Zero:  NO PEBBLE MINE #215, Pictures from Ground Zero:  A slightly more overhead perspective offers another dramatic viewpoint when you are flying over the big lakes in Wood-Tikchik Sate Park. As I have noted, these lakes are glacially carved and deep, like a coastal fjord. They are also STUNNINGLY CLEAR! With no glare on the water, you can see into the depths. This is Nuyakuk, over 60 miles in length, and measured at more than 940ft deep. In fact, in places, the sonar echo mapping the bottom did NOT rebound - bottomless? There are locals who believe there is a creature in this lake that when described, sounds very much like the Loch Ness Monster. I thought about this many times when I was in a small boat on these waters AND I had a very strange vibe about what lay beneath the frozen lake surface when I was crossing it on a snow machine one winter. If you have been reading this blog, you know I reference the scale of things all the time, so let's try one here: go to the middle of the curve on the perfect crescent beach. From that point, draw a line to the upper, right corner of this image. As your imaginary line starts inland and passes through the trees, you can see a bright rectangle that stands out at the edge of the forest - that is a United States Forest Service cabin that sleeps 8, and is maintained for those who hunt and kayak in the park. Follow the shoreline around the crescent and the peninsula, moving toward the lower, right of the frame. In the middle of this long beach there is a large clump of green bushes, followed (moving right) by an arc in the sand that seems to have an orange dot in the middle of it - that dot is a decently sized boat that carried 4hunters and all their gear into the cabin. If you are wondering what a walk on this beach is like, it IS fantastic, but best to do it armed as both moose and bear also enjoy the stroll.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Monday, October 24, 2016

Weekly Post: The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get by Robert Glenn Ketchum

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.

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #25:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #25:  One afternoon as the the Corvair and I fishtailed our way north on a snowy Highway #75 the storm we were driving around in began to abate. Somewhere in the early approach to the Boulder Mtns. the sky brightened and and the clouds seemed to be lifting, so I thought I would park at the plow-out near the foothills where we had gone sliding (posts #15-#17) and watch to see if the Boulders would "appear." As so often happens for photographers, you may not get the picture you thought you might, but you DO get something great you did not expect at all. That was certainly the case this afternoon. After getting out of the car and slogging around a bit in the new snowfall, the Boulders did not reveal themselves as I had hoped, BUT those smooth hills and valleys we went sliding through sure did. A few years later, after college graduation and my actual move to Ketchum/Sun Valley, I began to sell my best images as signed,limited edition Cibachrome prints and this image, "Bowls and Ridges" was one of the first to sell out - thank you Gail Severn!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Where It All Began: LIMEKILN CREEK by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Where It All Began:  Limekiln Creek by Robert Glenn Ketchum

In 1967, I discovered Limekiln Creek on the Big Sur Coast in California. Among those redwoods, I had an epiphany as a young artist. As a photographer, most of the skills I would use, I would learn there. Many years later in a mature career, I helped the American Land Conservancy acquire this property for the California State Park system. This is the story of a very personal place.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Where It All Began:  Limekiln Creek, #43
Where It All Began - Limekiln Creek, #43:  In 2006, my career-long trail of "colorful leaves" led to this. Many factors were involved. The wet darkroom had all but disappeared, and most photographers, especially those my age, chose to embrace the new digital darkroom simply to make their pictures "better." Then, the Amon Carter Museum (TX) organized a 45-year retrospective exhibit of my work that was as complete a display of my career as I might have ever hoped for. Lastly, the embroidery guild I was working with in China felt that OUR success led other guilds to copy us and work with photographs, so they wanted to move in a new direction, one that would be more difficult to imitate. This confluence of events caused me to decide not just to explore the new digital world, BUT TO JUMP IN! As the Chinese, I also wanted to break away, in this case, from the "traditions" of myself. I, and they, had always honored my "full-frame," uncropped, unmanipulated image, a signature of all my work. The Chinese actually prefer a design with taller, narrower panels, in groups of 6, not 3 & 4 dictated by my photographs rendered in embroidery. For me, the starting point of this new visual journey - this EVOLUTION - was an early-80's 4x5 transparency of fall leaves against a wet brick wall in New England. I cropped a tall, thin rectangle out of it that was particularly rhythmic and colorful - and then I began to explore. The first panel on the left is the original, UN-altered color image. A goal of my design was to give the embroiderers a chance to show off colors that we had not found "in nature" (my other work) but they could certainly create in their dyes - and Adobe was happy to help me. For the second panel, I simply flipped the first and began to color and manipulate digitally. I sought to change every panel significantly, and yet have them "flow" together. Entitled, "CHOOSE JOY", these panels are 6-FEET! tall and about 30" wide, so on the wall this is 6' x 12'-14' feet wide depending on the installation. The EVOLUTION series is now 24-panels long. If you are interested to see the rest, go here, click on PHOTOGRAPHS, click on NEW DIGITAL.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2016, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd, #LittleBearProd, ALC (@american_land), Monterey Pop Festival (@MontereyPopFest)

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