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Friday, July 10, 2020

The Daze of My Life: Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography

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, July 10, 2020

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #208:
Daze, #208:  On the bayside of the Presidio property, exists one of the public’s most loved places to picnic and stroll, Chrissy Field. West of Chrissy Field, following the shoreline will lead you beneath the southern “toe” of the Golden Bridge to another historic structure, Fort Point. Finished in 1861, Fort Point was constructed to prevent southern gunships from entering the San Francisco Bay during the Civil War. None ever came, however. The fort is an amazing piece of architecture, well worth visiting, and if there is a swell running, some great surfing can be seen, as the point forms a well shaped wave that wraps into the bay. Most spectacularly the POV of the Golden Gate Bridge (above) really allows you to grasp the monumentality of that structure. What a view!

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2020 
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Weekly Post, THE CUYAHOGA RIVER VALLEY: From Flames to Fame by Robert Glenn Ketchum

THE CUYAHOGA RIVER VALLEY: 
From Flames to Fame
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



In 1986, I was given a commission from the Akron Art Museum and the National Park Service to photograph the recently created Cuyahoga Valley National Recreation Area. My work helped put that location on the map, and since then, the NRA has been upgraded to National Park status, becoming one of the most visited parks in the national system.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum





Friday, July 10, 2020

Cuyahoga River Valley:  From Flames to Fame #17:
Cuyahoga #17:  As the rains continue to strip the leaves from everything, the meadows begin to open up again, and become more passable.

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2020, @RobertGKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Thursday, July 9, 2020

Welcome to Hotel California: Some Pictures from My Backyard by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Welcome To Hotel California:  Some Pictures From My Backyard
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



I was born, and grew up in Los Angeles. As my professional career developed, I traveled around the world working on various commissions, but seldom had opportunities to work in California. Nonetheless, I always came back “home,” and when there, I occasionally took pictures. For ten years I also taught a photography workshop on the Mendocino coast that provided some great visual moments as well. There is no “project” unifying these images, they are just my way of showing, “You can check out any time you like, but you can never leave.”   ~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Thursday, July 9, 2020

Hotel California, Some Pictures From My Backyard, #46:
California #46:  Mendo moondo. Navarro Beach.

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2020, @RobertGKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Weekly Post, SUNDANCE: Artist-In-Residence by Robert Glenn Ketchum

SUNDANCE:  Artist In Residence
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



From 1987-1989, Robert Redford invited me to become the first visual Artist-In-Residence at his newly established Sundance Institute, part of the community he was building around his recently purchased ski resort in Utah. The residency provided me with subject matter that produced some of the most significant images of my career, but importantly, it also afforded me my first aerial work, a platform that would become increasingly important throughout my life. A limited amount of these images were ever published, and NONE of the aerials ever were. The best will now appear, please enjoy!  ~Robert Glenn Ketchum





Thursday, July 9, 2020

SUNDANCE: Artist In Residence, #104
Sundance #14

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2020, @RobertGKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Weekly Post, THE SONORAN DESERT: Visiting with Don Juan by Robert Glenn Ketchum

THE SONORAN DESERT: 
Visiting with Don Juan
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



In 1988, I was contacted by Luther Propst, Director of the Rincon Institute of Tucson, AZ, who asked me if I could help them devise a campaign to protect a part of Saguaro National Monument from a massive real estate development that would disrupt substantial habitat.  
I did so, and we not only succeeded in mitigating the development, we added 30,000 acres to the monument, and got it upgraded to National Park status.  While doing this work, I fell in love with the Sonoran Desert, returning to it repeatedly, and visiting the many varied parts of it in Arizona, Mexico, and Baja, CA.  This is the tale of those visits. 
~Robert Glenn Ketchum





Wednesday, July 8, 2020

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #12:
Sonora #12:  WHAT! I think this is the mushroom omelette working on me again. I take this picture just to prove all of these colors are really there. The rain and the overcast have certainly given me optimal conditions for my photography, but this is RIDICULOUS. Really! A turquoise rock? A stunningly vivid green tree branch? I better back up, I don’t want to get sucked into this. I am sure I would never recover. Time to go stare at something else.

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2020, @RobertGKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Weekly Post, ARCTIC: At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change (#101-present)

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.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Wednesday, July 8, 2020

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change, #204:
ARCTIC, #204:   When our walking party reaches the shore of the still ice-calving fjord, I feel as though I have been transported to another world. MASSIVE icebergs drift slowly by to an odd orchestra of noises. The chilling breeze has a low whistle, and it is pushing the flat ice plates about, causing them to strike each other with a tinkling sound. The huge icebergs groan and creak, and every once in awhile one rolls, or sheds. Then, booms and splashes are added to the symphony. None of us have ever seen anything like this before, and we all stand in silent awe of the spectacle as the music plays on.

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2020, @RobertGKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Weekly Post, NO PEBBLE MINE: Pictures from Ground Zero (#351+) 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, July 7, 2020 

NO PEBBLE MINE #408, Pictures from Ground Zero
NO PEBBLE MINE #408:  As my flight gets further from the coast, the cloudy skies are more broken, and spots of sunlight illuminate the landscape in dramatic ways. I love working from the air because you see the terrain in such a different way, grander and more encompassing. We are still above part of the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge but are turning towards Wood-Tikchik State Park. Rather than the more closely packed summits I think of as a range, the mountains here are massifs that stand alone,..perhaps they are social distancing - LOL! Whatever, it makes for a GREAT afternoon of flying, and it is likely I will never see these places again because after long summers in Southwest, two Aperture books, and eventually a national traveling museum exhibit, my “work” here is finished. Besides, Alaska is a huge state, and there are many others parts of it I hope to explore. At this moment, however, I am “in the moment,” and it is good to be here now.

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2020, @RobertGKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Weekly Post: THE TONGASS: Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees (#100+) 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, July 07, 2020

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #202, 
Tongass, #202:  After dropping, my assistant Krys Cianciarulo, his wife, Jan, and I, on the tip of the rocky peninsula at the foot of the US Forest Service cabin at Goat Lake, we offload our gear and the outboard boat motor, and haul the gear up to the cabin. The pilot waits until we confirm the cabin is in good condition, then he tells us when to expect his return, pushes off from the point, and taxis slowly to the far end of the lake. As it has been raining lightly all morning, we stand in the mist to watch his departure. His revving engine echoes off of the surrounding granite walls, and then the plane picks up speed and starts to skip across the mild wind chop on the lake. A little more than halfway down the lake he goes flawlessly airborne, and disappears into the low hanging clouds. For several minutes we can still hear his engine, but eventually the only sounds are the patter of rainfall, and the drip of the forest. We retire into the cabin to sort our gear, make our beds, and have some snacks. Rain or not, we all want to get into the boat later, and explore the lake.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2020, @RobertGKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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