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Friday, May 26, 2017

Weekly Post: My Life in the Garden of Eden by Robert Glenn Ketchum

My Life in the Garden of Eden
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

As part of paying the bills in my professional career, I photographed a number of significant gardens. I helped create several pretty amazing ones as well. Some of these pictures have been published in various books, but most have never been seen. In this blog, I will show you all my best garden images AND discuss garden design.




Friday, May 26, 2017

My Life in the Garden of Eden, #47:
Garden, #47:  Again, another moment of fleeting sunlight in my new garden. As you have seen, I have a lot of epiphytes in hanging baskets draped from tree branches and porch eaves. The one in this picture is a mixed pot. One of the two planted here has a small-blade leaf and puts out the tiny pink flowers. The other has a VERY broad leaf blade and puts out BIG flowers. Those “delicate” pink blooms are as large as my open hand, and some of my white “Queen of the Night” are twice that size. Unfortunately, these blooms are also fleeting. They usually open late in the day because they pollinate at night and in the early morning hours with moths and bees. At first opening they are dazzling, and their petals spread to their fullest expanse. By midday of the first day, however, you can begin to see the petals wilt a bit. The flower may last another two days, but in obvious decline. There are usually numerous other flowers, so the bloom on any one plant may last a week or more. This plant is easily hybridized so it has 100’s of varieties and colors, and it takes a real minimum amount of care and water. It is just not freeze-friendly. When it is not blooming, the large blade versions twist around in the breeze in their baskets like fantastic organic sculptures. I have one (Virginia) that is 25-yrs. old, and has a span across the broadest arms of more than 6ft!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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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, May 26, 2017

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #47:
Daze, #47:  The last work that I complete at Brooks Institute is a portfolio of landscapes that I have been creating during my time there, and I intend to use them for my entrance submission to the graduate program at CalArts. (Interestingly in retrospect, this portfolio would be the last manipulated work that I would do until 2006, when I would, once again, begin “coloring” leaves, but this time in Adobe.) Reflecting both the influence of Heinecken and Teske in my undergraduate program at UCLA, and my visits to Limekiln Creek, my CalArts MFA submission portfolio consists of a series of prints mounted on rag pages inside a wrap cover, like a very large book. The images are all 8”x10” B&W’s, and some of the pages feature a calligraphy text. As the pages turn and the series progresses, various forms of coloring begin to appear in the prints, and some of the prints are also darkroom manipulated. The text talks about “dreamtime” and “perceiving the REAL world.” The sequence ends with this, “Snow Flowers,” a B&W image printed in reverse and then hand-painted with transparent oil paints. I finish my classes at Brooks, and AM accepted to the MFA program at CalArts, so now my commuting to Idaho and Nevada continues, but my work begins to focus in a new way. I become more interested in the power of the unaltered photograph that SEEMS otherwise, but is in fact, straight and unaltered (posts #23, #44, and #45), AND I consciously want to make my work environmentally useful/political, although I am not quite sure what that means yet.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Wednesday, May 24, 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, May 24, 2017

Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias, #20:
The Yakutat Forelands, #20:  Just as I feared, Mark has now folded into a position that allows him to read the words written on the rock by the lichen. He is telling me what they say but neither Carey, nor I, can understand HIM, so we are not really learning much. It IS amusing, however, and we start laughing. Mark assures us that “there is nothing funny about this," but at the moment, it is all TOO funny for us to be concerned. Then, just as I predicted (and feared), Mark drops to all four and begins grazing on blueberries. Apparently they give him clarity of speech once again, and he babbles something about how I “must” take pictures of the cosmic mud he has discovered. Therein may be the answer as to why this meadow is here - it is made of cosmic mud, and these are alien life forms that exist ONLY here. Pondering that theory, I tip-toe carefully over to Mark and help him regain an upright position, so that he may reveal to me his discovery. I am relieved he has not begun rubbing it on his face for camo. The goats REALLY think we are a funny group.
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, May 24, 2017

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change, #41:
ARCTIC, #41:  We hit a very bright point of the day, and although the fog did not burn off, it became blindingly radiant and seemed to glow. Of all that we had passed in the last few hours, this was finally strange and obvious enough to draw guests out onto the deck. Bill Simon, Bob Leach, and I walked to the bow to peer down at the ice, and the world surrounding us was luminous, like some kind of hi-key dreamscape. The three of us just stood and stared in silence for quite awhile, and then Bill turned to me and said, “We voted on whether you had gone off the edge or not and were just taking the same picture over and over, but now that I am out here, it is pretty amazing. I am glad I brought you along and that someone among us is actually paying attention."
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Tuesday, May 23, 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, May 23, 2017

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #39:
THE TONGASS, #39:  As we crest the ridge and fly into this basin this clear blue lake appears, set in the rocky terrain like a sapphire. I gasp so loudly the pilot laughs, and he asks me if I would like a really good position to make a shot. I say “sure,” and with that he circles back for another pass. Just as we are directly above the lake, has says “ready, hang on,” at which moment he rolls the plane on its side into a VERY tight turn that leaves me looking out of my open window, directly down at this. Beautiful? Yes! Yeow? Yes! And, so much for my momentary loss of my fear of flying. As we are constantly reminded when we fly commercially, “even when in your seat during the duration of the flight, please keep your seat belt fastened at all times in case of unexpected “events."
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

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, May 23, 2017 


NO PEBBLE MINE #245, Pictures from Ground Zero:  
NO PEBBLE MINE #245: Our flight has now “summited.” We are cruising ridgelines, looking down steep walls on both sides. Some of descents lead down into high basins that once held small icefields that generated glaciers. Other gradients drop off even further into deep valleys that were created by much larger glaciers that were being fed by those descending from the basins above. The ridgeline is a series of ragged teeth and spire-like fingers. There is little vegetation, as the slopes are mostly stone rubble being shed by the summits as they break down. In this shot, there is a high basin to the right, and at the highest point of the permanent snow, there is the suggestion of what might be a small glacier still clinging to its perch. I should also mention flying here is a bit spooky because we take unexpected gusts from both directions.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Monday, May 22, 2017

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, May 22, 2017

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #55:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET, #55:  More typical to daily cabin behavior are cross-country skiing trips to various views and vantage points around Pettit Lake. Just a bit further down the lakeshore there is actually a summer trailhead for a great loop hike that rises into some very high granite basins and connects Alice Lake, Twin Lakes, Toxaway, and few smaller ones, so frequently in the winter we would set out on one direction of the loop or the other with the intention of reaching one of the lakes, it just never happens that we get there. The simplest and most direct approach is to ski across frozen Pettit Lake and start up the canyon beneath Parks Peak that leads to Alice Lake. It sounds good in theory, and this day is nice and sunny enough, but as we near the end of Pettit and enter the heavily forested canyon, the walls steepen to absurd verticality on one side, and offer little refuge from potential avalanche on the other. At our farthest point of access on this day’s ski, we arrive at here. This is, “Sheer Wall,” another image that would become part of my portfolio, “Winters:1970-1980.” This also seems like a good place to stop for lunchsnacks and some sun, so we break out the smoked clams and crackers and listen to the gentle breeze rustle through the trees. Or not! In the middle of our winter solitude, a new sounds echoes through the walls of the canyon, a sort of low rumble. Unsure what it is at first, we all soon realize it is an avalanche SOMEWHERE, and we study the walls around US to see if they are moving. Not this time, but it is definitely lunch over and time to retreat downcanyon.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Saturday, May 20, 2017

Venice ARTwalk 2017

Tomorrow is the ARTwalk at Google headquarters in Venice. It promises to be a perfect day of beach weather. Come enjoy the party, have some great food, and buy art for a good cause. If you scroll the catalog you will see  auction donations come from many of the most notable artists in Los Angeles. My piece is UNIQUE and made just for the event. Go bid it up! I give 100% of my sale to support the Venice Family Clinic. I hope to see you there.

Feel free to bid up my piece, “Peaking In My Butterfly Garden.”



https://paddle8.com/work/robert-glenn-ketchum/141459-peaking-in-my-butterfly-garden/

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Saturday, April 22, 2017

Venice Art Walk 2017

“Peaking in My Butterfly Garden” 2017*


Once again it is time for the Venice ARTwalk, one of the truly fun all-weekend parties in Los Angeles. Come see great art displayed at the Google headquarters and buy something at the auction to support the Venice Family Clinic. I always create a UNIQUE piece for this event, so please join us and bid on it. At 30” wide, my contribution this year: “Peaking in My Butterfly Garden”
For more info:
https://theveniceartwalk.org



Venice Art Walk 2017

May 21, 2017
12pm-6pm
340 Main Street
Venice, California


*photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Friday, April 7, 2017

Outdoor Photographer, "Alaskan Legacy. How Robert Glenn Ketchum Became a Leading Advocate for the Preservation of Southwest Alaska’s Ecosystems and Economies" By Wes Pitts


How Robert Glenn Ketchum became a leading advocate for the preservation of Southwest Alaska’s ecosystems and economies

By Wes Pitts / Photography By Robert Glenn Ketchum | April 5, 2017

The approximate location of the proposed Pebble mine. If it were to be built, this view would be an industrialized hole in the ground over two miles across and 2,000 feet deep.
Few outsiders know Southwest Alaska as intimately as Robert Glenn Ketchum. Remote and vast, the region has limited roadways, requiring planes and boats to explore. It’s also home to several national and state parks, wildlife reserves, complex ecosystems and the largest salmon fishery in the world, Bristol Bay, which supplies half of the global sockeye salmon catch.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

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, March 2, 2017
Silk Road - Embroideries #215
SILK ROAD #215:  In post #199, I teased you with this and explained that my collaborative work with Zhang Meifang and her guild of embroiderers was moving in two directions simultaneously at this time. While “YK Delta from 1500” was been woven on the huge loom created just to make that 4-panel piece (posts #200-215), the above image was being crafted in the embroidery workshop. “YK Delta from 1500” is a weaving that continues to explore the “transparency” of a subject, in that it is a 2-sided weaving, and parts of it bear little or no stitches and are thus, transparent. We have used this “transparency” to render water and sky “space” in many previous pieces, however, we have also spent a great deal of effort on highly detailed and stitch-rich subjects. At first creating them just to accomplish accurately rendering a photograph, but eventually learning to play with various aspects of the stitch design using texture, color, to affect the visual sense of dimensional space. Once Zhang realized how an embroidery can capture the realism in most photographs, both she and I began to enjoy those images where the challenge was increased in some way. From previous work, we both knew this image could be rendered with great detail, but we were curious to see if the illusion of motion could also be represented. Additionally, Zhang felt that if that could be done, it would make the highly rendered details more pronounced and dimensional, so she asked the embroiderers to stitch the forest with GREAT attention to individual branches, leaves, color relations, and textures, to which the blur of motion would be overlain.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2017, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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