Tuesday, July 22, 2014

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, July 22, 2014

San Ignacio Lagoon: SAVED For the Whales! #82:
SAN IGNACIO WHALES #82: Over the next decade, #NRDC and its "friends" would build a remarkable #campaign against the idea of permitting #Mitsubishi from building an industrial salt complex in #SanIgnacioLagoon. NRDC would also begin a unique role helping to develop new, more renewable, and sustainable economic resources for those that lived in and around the lagoon. One of those engines of this new economy was the seasonal visit of the #whales, and so several more-permanent camps replaced the temporary tent camps that we first inhabited. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to return during this time to witness the change. These small cabins are FAR more comfortable on cold, blustery nights than a tent, and NOTHING has changed the beauty of the bay. The chair and cold beer still await...
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, July 21, 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, July 21, 2014

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #94:
HUDSON RIVER #94: While I certainly appreciated #LIFE's editors selecting my image for their special issue and suggesting it was comparable to a painting from the #HudsonRiverSchool, what was actually being acknowledged were the common bonds I shared with the #painters. WE had chosen to work outside the #studio and actually BE in the subject we were rendering, AND we both had an affinity for #color and the radiance of #light to be found in the humid #environment of the river valley. I am not sure if the painters recognized that the #textures of #foliage within their #paintings were due to the #Hudson valley's astounding #biodiversity, but they were -- and more recent science had taught me that -- so my #images capitalized on it. As did my large format #camera, defining every leaf and limb with a clarity impossible to #paint.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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Friday, July 18, 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, July 18, 2014

Traveling in China Since 1985, #88
CHINA #88: I would like to thank #Patagonia (@patagonia) for allowing me to be part of their Pro Program for most of my career. I have sported their gear since inception - this is one of their fleece jackets. I would also like to thank my wife at the time, Carey for taking these last two pictures (she is also wearing Patagonia fleece). Of all the images I made, perhaps none captures the pure grace of the unique #Huangshan pines as well as this one. Because of the fog, it has become colorless and without detail - rather like a Chinese brush painting. I wonder what I was photographing?
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, July 18, 2014

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #21
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #21 - 1985 to the Present: Another of the places in #Shanghai that I returned to again and again on my walks was the industrial shipyard on the #Pudong side of the #Huangpu river. This was, quite literally, a community of workers. This shipyard was building supertankers and other behemoth vessels, and the scale of its enterprise was always amazing to see. For security reasons, I was never allowed in the yard or to photograph it, BUT work in progress could be viewed at a distance and what they were building was not the most interesting aspect of this place. The workers lived in housing just off-site, and various restaurants line the street between the shipyard and the homes. There was ALWAYS activity here, lots of competing food scents, and lots of constant conversation between stalls, and with those passing by. I was always engaged by someone, as it was a very friendly environment, as well as home to one of the first dogs that I saw in #China that was clearly a pet and not intended as a meal.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

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Thursday, July 17, 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, July 17, 2014

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #22
Suzhou #22: It was clear to me that #Shanghai was changing and there would be even bigger changes yet to come, but I expected that of such a signature metropolis and I knew its history would never "disappear" completely. There would always be layers of it somewhere within the gleaming modernism. #Suzhou, on the other hand, was far more rural when I arrived, so as it began to change, the changes were more dramatic and pronounced. Suzhou was destined to become a VERY large and modern city as well, and the ENTIRETY of ancient Suzhou, except for a few select buildings and gardens, would be replaced and beautifully rebuilt, canals and all. It struck me, though, that I was privileged to view and record things that would be wiped completely away, and so I turned my attention to those places that I thought would be first to be transformed.
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, July 17, 2014

Silk Road - Embroideries #78
SILK ROAD #78: This is "Pale Leaves in Blue Fog." A 24"x 30", 1-sided random #stitch #embroidery. The #matrix into which the #stitching has been done was dyed with watercolor paints to create tonal variations, as though the fog was more dense in some areas than in others. Taking 1-1/2 years to complete, there are more than 10 different stitches that have been incorporated into this piece by #embroiderer, Zhao Liya. This was also the first 1-sided embroidery in which much of the #background would remain transparent - unstitched - a concern for Zhang when I first suggested working in this new way. Up until now, framing had been very straightforward, sometimes borrowing from #Chinese tradition, and sometimes using completely contemporary western styles. With this new direction in the work, however, framing would begin to be more integral to the design of the finished piece. In this case, #SharonShore, my #textile #curator and #archivist, created a background "canvas" of an acid-free blue fabric that was mounted behind the embroidery within the frame, reinforcing the blue tonality, the fog effect, and the illusion of 3-dimensional space in the forest.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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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

Orvis Supports No Pebble Mine

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