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Thursday, September 3, 2015

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 3, 2015

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #81
Suzhou #81:  In the heart of #Suzhou, the first wave of retail transformation was relatively small in scale and generally cosmetic. On rainy winter days it got a little messy. Initially new pipes went in with new paving as the shops remodeled facades and up-scaled, but the traffic volume grew with the surge of car ownership. Then, streets had to be widened and some of the most tree-lined lanes were lost. Trees provide significant shade in the heat of summer though, so the city has been very conscientiously replacing what was lost.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @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, September 3, 2015


Silk Road - Embroideries #137
SILK ROAD #137:   The craftspeople at the embroidery institute did other textile work that was not always random stitch. The petit-point application you see here has a completely different appearance compared to random stitch work, but I thought it quite beautiful for that very reason. The institute could also do very complex loom weavings and operated the largest loom in the world with 1,000 lines of warp thread. I felt at some point I should create something on the loom, and Zhang and I had discussed it, but she was always concerned that my images had so much detail that we could not render them appropriately even on a loom that large.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

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!




Wednesday, September 2, 2015

TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #65
TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #65:  Here are two more characters in this proposed Tat anniversary float - Lisa Cilio, friend of the Belkins, and my friend and fellow photographer, Jimmy Ienner, Jr. Jimmy headed the Sony studio in NY and did album covers for people like #MariahCarey, but he also spent time in the north woods. Many of these guests had “camped” and “hiked” but none of them had done anything like this before except the guides and myself. Since the day started off cold and raining in #Haines, there was quite a lot of conversation in the van en route to the river put-in about what we “might expect.” HA! HA! When I took this shot I had either just told them about the insect populations along the river, or the Class 3 whitewater on the first day that is rated Class 4 because the water is SO cold. You can see how excited they are!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @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.



Wednesday, September 2, 2015 

NO PEBBLE MINE #155, Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #155, Pictures from Ground Zero:  As with all departure/pick-ups, everyone was a little antsy, so we rose early. The weather that night was cold and intermittently rainy and in the pre-dawn light the lake was fogged-in and the peaks above were covered once again with more new snow. This imaginary trip we are on is now going to split into two and exit #LakeClarkNationalPark by both floating a river, AND flying above. Our plane flight will edge near #LakeClark, pass over the actual site of the proposed #Pebble mine, and head toward #WoodTikchikStatePark across the open-tundra/river-lake system of Southwest. The river float will take us down the #Chilikadrotna and out of the park, ultimately depositing us in the #NushagakRiver drainage. The fog and weather would lift; the planes would arrive; the boats would launch. Lake Clark National Park will now slip by us as we transit to another remarkable location.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

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 1, 2015

TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #54
TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #54:  Right up against the wall was VERY open and relatively ice-free all the way down to a bend around which we expected to find ourselves in front of, and relatively close to the #SouthSawyer glacial face. As you can see in this image, there is a narrow band on the rock between the water and the moss “line.” The peak tide is is not quite all the way in yet. We are goin’-with-the-flow! Speaking of which, because of all the paddle activity, the surreal vertical walls, and the equally unreal ice configurations, we are all in a pretty interesting “flow.” This was just the first of a series of encounters we would have with “the wall” next to which we were paddling. As we progress up-fjord this wall will get MUCH weirder. That is why they call it WILDerness! Happy 50th Anniversary Wilderness Act ! As I slipped between the iceberg and the rock, I think I passed through some kind of invisible portal – kind of diving off into geologic time.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wilderness #Wilderness #Tongass

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Monday, August 31, 2015

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, August 31, 2015

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #152:
HUDSON RIVER #152:  We are now standing at a typically precipitous POV in the #HudsonHighlands looking west across the #Hudson toward #BearMountain and the #IonaIsland complex. In the highlands section of the river, shorelines are generally steep like this allowing only room between the river and the rock wall for the railroad, and occasionally a car road. You can see the tracks squeezing along the edge of my perch. They are middle-right through the trees. A similar rail-line follows the opposite shore, and in many cases on both sides the tracks actually follow dike bridges out over the water.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Mandalac Gardens by Robert Glenn Ketchum



From August 11 - September 27, I will be exhibiting new work, MANDALAC GARDENS, at The G2 Gallery in Venice, California. This Constant Contact is background information about my color print-making history in general. and how it has lead me to this new series of "prints." I have also included all 9 of the images that will be in the exhibit, so please give this a read and enjoy the "show."

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cont., No Pebble Mine by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Continued, 
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.

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Due to the size and quality of the photos included in this blog, and as too many photos tend to slow a blog down, we have opted to host these previous entries on a separate post in order to best optimize your reading experience. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 

NO PEBBLE MINE #141, Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #141, Pictures from Ground Zero:   The combination of warmth, good snacks, and a long lens final took hold of me and I slipped into some moments of abstraction. The steep walls that formed the opposite shore of the upper lake were streaked with dark scree, fall colors, and avalanche fields that flowed through them like rivers. I played with this “flat” canvas for a bit, so please indulge me here. Eventually the wind began to pick up, and the saddle became blustery and cold. We closed up our daypacks and headed back downslope toward the lakeshore. Rain returned and some SERIOUS gusts ripped through, however it only made it seem all the more amazing that we were out here: virtually alone in a very large, WILD place, in some marginal weather, at a marginal time of the year. AND we were having a GREAT time! Thank you, @Patagonia, and @HellyHansen! Happy 50th Anniversary to The Wilderness Act! Protect #LakeClarkNationalPark, and SAY NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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