This passing year and my auspicious birthday have led me to ponder two old axioms: the 1st - NOTHING ever stays the same; the 2nd - as a child, time passes agonizingly slowly-as an elder, it goes by in the blink of an eye. With that in mind, how I reach the public has been transformed in the last five years. As most of you know, I use little paper anymore and do almost everything electronically. In adapting to the new electronic media, I am trying to utilize it in creative ways so it will excite you. Constant Contact is traditionally used as an email calendar and sales tool, but I see the format differently as it allows me to publish complete bodies of work with related essay, articles and reviews. Those mailings bring YOU more of my work than you have, or will EVER see in my books or gallery exhibits.
I have also decided not to wait for Harry Abrams to do a posthumous monograph of my life and images, so I am transforming my FaceBook page and I am going to use my social media as an autobiography. I have removed most of my announcements, virtually all of my reposting of news and instead, each day of the week I will post a different adventure/portfolio of work. Eventually those FB blurb-posts will be linked to more extensive details and stories in my blog. Currently, on Mondays I am featuring work from my Lila Acheson Wallace Fund commission to photograph the Hudson River; on Wednesdays, pictures are from my ongoing campaign to protect southwest Alaska and Bristol Bay and they are posted as NO PEBBLE MINE-Pictures from Ground Zero many thanks to OrvisNews for featuring my NO PEBBLE MINE-Pictures from Ground Zero Photo Essay on their website; lastly (for now), on Fridays I am offering pictures of my 30-years of travel in China.
My images are designed for dynamic web viewing and if you have an iPhone or an iPad, you will find the pictures organized into individual portfolios with text overlays. Once you tap the image for "full-screen" enlargement, you can scroll through any complete body of work with no interference from other postings. Resolution and color on retina screens is spectacular, so if you like photography, you will appreciate that I have worked to make my digital image quality the equivalent of my printed material.
Using social media networks and digital email systems allows me to show you my work in greater depth than ever before, AND to include the stories behind the story. It also allows me to dish about what really happened rather than have some curatorial researcher interpret what they think occurred based on an archive. For 45-years I have traversed amazing landscapes, met interesting people, done ridiculous things, and produced a decent photographic record of it, much like a diary. FaceBook, Twitter, and the web are now allowing me to share this journey with my friends. For me, the social network is not about telling you what I am wearing today and where I am eating tonight but rather, it is a place to relate my life's adventures with a camera. Take this visual, autobiographical journey with me and please help me grow my network - share this with your friends that love travel and photography. And many thanks to Rochelle Bernet, president of Little Bear Productions, my Social Media producer.
Happy Holidays ...health and best wishes for the New Year!
Robert Glenn Ketchum
Thanks to Orvis® for helping spread the word against the Pebble Mine, by posting my Photo Essay, "No Pebble Mine: Pictures from Ground Zero" on OrvisNews.com.
Be sure to read Joel Reynolds' blog, 'Robert Glenn Ketchum, Our Generation's Ansel Adams' on The Huffington Post.