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Friday, December 15, 2017

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, December 15, 2017

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #76:
Daze, #76: Food in our stomachs, libations in our hands, bodies swaddled in layers and layers of wool and down, Vicki and I grab our sling chairs and climb on to the van roof. Although weather is definitely coming in, it is not windy tonight as it was last night, and the exposure of the roof is quite comfortable. Most importantly, it affords us a beautiful view of all the summits in the Teton Range, which at this moment have become cloud-piercing. For awhile it appears we might not have a sunset to watch, then the sun finds some point in the west that is clear, and it gets UNDER the clouds above us to light them up. It starts somewhat like a fire. At first, there is just a little glow, but over many minutes it gets more colorful and dramatic, and then it just blows up. What initially is a spectacle around the peaks, suddenly spreads across the entire landscape of the park, and lights everything up.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017 
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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Weekly Post, High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers

High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

After receiving my MFA from CalArts, I was invited by Bill Lund, Sharon Disney’s husband, to come stay at the families' Diamond-D Ranch in Dubois, Wyoming. Bill thought I might like to photograph in the nearby Wind River Mountains, which I did, backpacking through them extensively over the next three summers. Welcome to a world of big granite walls and huge alpine lakes!





Thursday, December 14, 2017

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #16:
Wind River, #16:  We establish a pleasant camp, the weather passes, and except for too many mosquitoes, the evening is quite nice.The next day dawns sunny and warm with no weather showing as yet, so we shoulder daypacks and continue to explore the trail we have camped near. Surely if we follow it we will eventually find the famous Wind River granite alpine terrain. We walk some miles, however, and the trail remains relatively flat, and DOWN on the valley floor. It has become much warmer, and weather is now appearing, so we stop for lunch, and Chris breaks out his rod and reel to chase those also-famous Wind River trout. At this particular moment, he is “sneaking” up on an undercut bank where something might be hiding. There are fish, and he does catch them, but none of them are trout, they are all whitefish, and Chris is VERY disappointed. After his numerous attempts, we decide it isn’t getting any better, so we retrace our path to camp, and settle in for the evening, enjoying the fact that the weather of the day never got worse. Unfortunately, the mosquitoes did not go away!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Weekly Post: Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness

Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - 
Expanding My Winter Consciousness
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

In the early '70’s, I was doing a lot of winter adventuring with my friends in the Decker Flats Climbing and Frisbee Club, and a client invited me to take pictures at Big Mountain, a ski resort in Montana. Glacier National Park was not far away, so I thought that might be an interesting place to explore in the winter, as well. These two locations added important work to my exhibits and portfolios, and definitely expanded/sobered my winter consciousness.




Thursday, December 14, 2017

Big Mountain and Glacier National Park - Expanding My Winter Consciousness, #20:
Big Mountain, #20: My guides are “scouting” through the passages in the trees for an opening downhill where they might cut loose and ski, but the reason they proceed cautiously (last post) is that, not only will striking trees cause them to dump dangerous snowloads, the wind has created REALLY deep bowls around some tree bases, which I am warned I should avoid at all times. Falling into one of these and then having the tree dump would disappear you until the middle of next summer, something I need to be particularly aware of if I am to come back out here alone. I cannot actually see the bottom of this one! And, in flat light, skiing downhill, you might never see it coming.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Weekly Post: Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

The Yakutat Forelands are where the Tongass rainforest and the Chugach forest to the north meet. It is also home to many large glaciers, a stunning coastline, the huge Alsek-Tatshenshini river, and Icy Bay, which sits at the foot of Mount St. Elias, the greatest vertical rise from sea level in the world. There is a lot of powerful energy out here.





Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias, #49:
The Yakutat Forelands, #49: Our pilot is having fun with us because we are all awed by the rugged glacial surface and blue pools beneath us, which we can see in great detail because he is flying low and slow. It, therefore, takes us awhile to notice the body of water slowly emerging in front of us, Icy Bay. We are following an ice waterfall, down into a fjord it created over a millennia time, and now that ice is rapidly melting back, so seawater is filling the fjord being left. WE will soon be down there, paddling around in our little tiny rubber boats, and, literally, standing on the edge of the creation of the planet’s landscape. At the moment, we are flying over and viewing one of the forces that has created the bay, and little known to us, soon we would be experiencing others. This glacial expanse is quite broad and our flight follows the depression in the ice that bears to the left. As a photographer, what happens next is what I call, “a reveal" - the few moments of a quickly changing POV that cause a visually dramatic moment. It happens when you are aboard boats, and it happens especially quickly, when you are flying. As our flight drifts lower and lower towards the fjord, and we near the point where the Guyot Glacier reaches tidewater, such a moment occurs. For me as a photographer, it is dazzling and informative. For all of us as campers and kayakers, it is sobering.
photograph(s) © copyright, Robert Glenn Ketchum, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum, @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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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, December 13, 2017

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change, #70:
ARCTIC, #70:  A curious thing is happening as our flight progresses. Beneath me, a landscape unlike any other I have ever photographed is unfurling across hundreds of strange, spare islands. They are surrounded by an ocean that is shaded in blues that make the water look like the tropical Pacific. I am completely absorbed, BUT while I am having cosmic visions looking to the west, where the sky is clear and the water is open, directly in front of us, to the north, quite a different world is appearing on the horizon. John and our pilot are having a discussion about it, and intend to fly toward it, so John explains to me that “Itasca” will move north paralleling these islands we have been flying above, using the open water that we can see. Nonetheless, we will ultimately reach a point, where pack ice from the north is being channeled straight at us by the weather, and when wind drives the ice against the island shorelines, bergs stack up on top of each other and are molded together by pressure, making passage through them very difficult, if not impossible. So far this summer, much of the weather has been in our favor, so John is hoping to see that the ice has not been too compressed, and we will be able to navigate a course, using the helicopter to spot leads.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

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, December 12, 2017

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #68:
THE TONGASS, #68: Because the evening weather and light are still in our favor, our pilot knows this flight is for my photographic project and he offers to take us higher, into one of the peak sections protruding from the ice, so that I can see the actual spot at which some of these glaciers are born. We swing out over the icefield in a wide, rising arc, and then he turns the plane back towards distant summits. This particular cluster of peaks has several “small” glaciers, pouring down through various valleys and feeding into the larger glacial mass, now below our wing. When we arrive and encircle the collection of spires and summits, what we see are significant peaks that feature major walls, poking up out of a layer-cake of ice. The snow/ice weight is massive, and as gravity tugs it downward, it squeezes into side canyons and descends like a waterfall in slow-motion,..REALLY slow motion! Every winter adds hundreds of inches of snow to the surface. Every summer creates meltwater that flows beneath the glacier and lubricates its descent. Many mountain ranges in the world have been shaped by this action that can literally carve through rock. I am looking through my lens at some of the most powerful forces on earth, and I can SEE it in front of me. It is quite a night and quite a flight.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @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



Since 1998, I have been working to protect the spectacular resources of southwest Alaska and the fishery of Bristol Bay. Two Aperture books, a national traveling exhibition, a massive coalition of concerned users, and a lot of personal lobbying, had it looking like we were almost there. Then Donald Trump took office claiming he would always put America, and American jobs first. SO WHY destroy a BILLION-dollar-a-year, RENEWABLE salmon fishery and over 100,000 jobs for a group of international mineral speculators that will leave us with a Superfund site to clean up, and NO fishery left edible? And yet, he did,..so please, keep saying NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Tuesday, December 12, 2017 

NO PEBBLE MINE #274, Pictures from Ground Zero
NO PEBBLE MINE #274: As it is getting late in the day, I have no intention of going further away from Tikchik Narrows Lodge, where I hope to return before dark. From my elevated terrace viewpoint, however, I can see where one rising valley continues into the deep backcountry. Should we get another day of good weather, it is my hope I might flyover and explore this valley and others that connect with it. For now, I just enjoy the view and watch the spectacle of the cloudshadows as they crawl across the landscape. It is SO quiet! Not being especially active, eventually the cold settles upon me, so I layer-up and remount my snowmobile. I backtrack downslope through the tree stands, and come to the edge of the river valley plain I could see further into from my terrace above. Things are VERY different from down here. From my elevated POV, I felt certain if I had the time, I could traverse up this valley without much risk. Now that I am down here, peaks seem higher; walls rise more steeply; and snow loads appear more threatening. Nothing feels especially “safe.” This image is a perfect example: the slopes on this side of the valley might be stable enough to pass beneath, but..
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Monday, December 11, 2017

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

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get
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. Enjoy!! ~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Monday, December 11, 2017

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #84:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET, #84: Probably the last photograph anyone takes this day, Gordon Williams (photograph © copyright Gordon Williams 2017) catches the full view from the ridge above Pioneer Cabin as Peter Eaton (front) and I (2nd), slowly ascend. You can see we have been skiing around the cabin quite a bit during our stay, but nothing like what awaits us on the other side of this ridge. You can also see our packs rising above our heads and giving all of us very awkward skiing balance. If you will look back at post #62, you will see exposed boulders at the top of the ridge (foreground), and then a hill below that has trees. Imagine all of that is now covered in deep snow. Just beyond the boulders there is a steep drop into a broad meadow. This is the last open-slope we will ski before entering the trees. Hefting an unwanted pack, and strapped onto two slick boards, Chris Korody takes one look at the drop, and starts to regret leaving the cabin. Minutes later he is facedown, out in the meadow, and buried beneath pack and powder. We dig him out quickly, but he has twisted his back badly, and is in a lot of pain. He cannot stand! We all know something very real is unfolding. The weather is clear, REALLY cold, and quite windy. We have an immovable man down and a LONG way to go to get out. There is little time to waste if we are to get help. Jon Davis elects to stay with Chris, so we leave them fuel, stoves, and a shovel with which to build a snow cave. The rest of us go for it. Someone needs to get to the helicopter pad before dark. Gordon, DeMornay, and I are probably the best skiers, so we take off using steep and scary descending lines of traverse through the trees. More than once we are dismounted because branches snag our packs, and it is exhausting getting back up out of the powder. Sweaty-wet and only a little worse for wear, Gordon and I hit the valley floor around 2:30pm. We gulp some snacks and water, re-lace our boots, and launch into a flat ski of several miles to reach the closest plowed road. It will be dark around 4:30 and it would be best to rally a copter and get our friends now, so they do not spend the sure-to-be sub-0-night exposed. About 3/4 of our ski out, I succumb to terrible heel blisters on both feet and cannot keep pace with Gordon, so he pushes ahead. The last yards are very painful for me, but just as dusk nears, and I come into view of the plowed highway, Danny Danielson and Gordon, pass overhead in the helicopter. Relieved, I await my remaining friends. By the time we all get into town, the copter has returned, and Chris is resting, warm and reasonably comfortable in the hospital. He will recover, and visit the cabin many more times.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Weekly Post: STONED IMMACULATE: A Trip in the Desert by Robert Glenn Ketchum

STONED IMMACULATE:  A Trip in the Desert
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

As a young photographer, two places I “discovered” by chance greatly influenced both my photographic vision and my personal relationship with the greater planet. A previous blog, LIMEKILN, is the story of the first location. THIS is the second location which I discovered because my car broke down. As Jim Morrison/The Doors wrote, “Out here we is stoned Immaculate!"



Monday, December 11, 2017
Galactic Cannibalism   
circa 1985-1995

Stoned Immaculate, #58:
Immaculate, #58:  from the portfolio, STONED IMMACULATE

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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