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Monday, January 20, 2020

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!
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Monday, January 20, 2020

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #126, Wind Rivers, #126:  After an early morning rise, doggo, Belle Star, my tentmate, Vicki Golden, and I, have climbed the dome that separates the Deep Lake basin from the Temple Peak basin, in time to catch the early morning light (last post), and now as the day warms up, it is time to catch some trout (Belle definitely agrees with this idea). At the base of Temple peak is Temple Lake, which is quite large (and in the Google map link, still sporting a good deal of ice). There is no ice on the lake today, however, as it is clear, sunny, and warm. The near shore to us is crusted with large boulders, and does not offer much access to the waterline, but it does afford some standable platforms from which we can cast. We are not flyfisher persons, we are casting and trolling, so I start off with a really flashy, wiggly lure, and get a strike immediately - a big one at that. It is clear that there are A LOT of trout here, and they have not been fished much, so they are not wary. Vicki finds a platform of her own, and throws out her choice of temptation, which eventually brings her a fish as well, just not as quickly as mine. I love how she is even getting her tongue into the action in this picture - LOL! If you think Belle is staring intently, she is. Her focus is on a patch of grass I have watered down, and onto which we have placed the trout we are catching. Belle wants to make VERY sure that none of them try to escape back into the lake.
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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. Enjoy!!  
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



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The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #194: DFCFC, #194: While Gordon Williams is doing a little non-technical crack climbing, against everyone’s advice, his partner, Polly, watches his ascent pensively. My partner, Vicki Golden, is not especially fond of heights, so she can’t bring herself to even watch. From my point of view, the backdrop for the two of them is spectacular. Below on the left is Clear Lake where we are camped. In fact, our tents are in the shoreline of the jutting peninsula to Polly’s left. In the far distance is Big Sandy Lake, which we passed hiking in. The pointed summit to the left is War Bonnet Peak, looming over Jackass Pass, entrance to the Cirque of the Towers, and the lake of the right is Black Joe, around which we will hike tomorrow. The sinew of granite on which we stand divides Clear Lake from Black Joe, and is the ridge of Haystack Mountain that we have ascended to get to this point. What a view! What a day to be here, so late in the fall.

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Friday, January 17, 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, January 17, 2020

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #183: Daze, #183: My National Endowment for the Arts/Wisconsin Arts Board funded Artist-In-Residence, at the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha was a most unique opportunity. I was expected to experience the efforts at a biological field station in the Kettle Moraine, where under the guidance of Professor Marlin Johnson, students were trying to re-establish a tall grass prairie habitat in an oak savanna, and manage by means of what would have occurred naturally in the original process of that environment, such as prairie fires. The field station was located on an historic farm bequeathed to the university, and Marlin resided on-site, in the original home. That is also where I would stay, when I would come to work. The property also had numerous outbuildings, including a large hothouse, an equally large barn, and a towering grain silo. Marlin was a master of many trades, and maintained it all. He was also a great guy to hang out with, so I always looked forward to my visits. Students who assisted him came and went on a daily basis, and all had specific chores they were expected to do. Most seem to love what they were doing, and the surrounding in which they found themselves “going to school.” I was NOT expected to document their efforts. I was left free to interpret the landscape their work was affecting. And, what a landscape that is. The Kettle Moraine is a unique geological formation, primarily to the state of Wisconsin, but also trailing off to the north for some distance into Michigan. The moraine is the deposit of the Laurentide Ice Sheet which once covered all of the Great Lakes, and most of the states in that region of the country. When the glacier retreated, the moraine debris was left, creating the terrain I was commissioned to make visible. Lucky me! (If you would like to see the entire body of work from this project, use this link.
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Weekly Post, Late Fall High in the Sawtooths by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Late Fall High in the Sawtooths
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



My partner, Vicki Golden, and I, have come to love backpacking in late fall. Although we risk getting snowed upon, most of the bugs, and virtually all of the people are gone. This is our last camping trip together, and the last time I ever camped in the Sawtooths. This is a short blog to say goodbye to both.  
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Friday, January 17, 2020

High in the Sawtooths, #19:
Sawtooths #19:  My partner, Vicki Golden, doggo, Belle Star, and I, are nearly down from our all day hike-climb in the walls of the basin around Twin Lakes. The meadows below us are glowing with late light, so I suggest we give our knees a break, and stop for awhile to have some last snacks, and survey the domain in which we have been playing. Although there are more clouds above us now, the day has been blessed, considering how late in the fall we are camping here, and it still does not look like we will be stormed upon. As such, and since this our last camping adventure of this season, I just want to take it all in. The more you explore a place, the more deeply you understand and appreciate it, and this is a range called the Sawtooths, which as I gaze about, makes VERY clear to me, why it was so named. It is WILDLY ragged. Every jagged wall is surmounted by a spiked pinnacle, and there are hundreds of them within our line of sight. Throughout the range, there must be thousands. The faces leading up to them are scarred by erratic benches, terraces, and overhangs, and most remarkable of all, trees grow right out of the rock faces ALL the way to the summits. It is a dream-like world, and we are in a dream-like state, exhausted from the day, and swimming in an endless stream of high county visuals, I hope to never forget. Without much sun left, the air grows cold, and Belle, as do we, want trout for dinner, so it is finally time to finish our decent and settle back into camp.

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Thursday, January 16, 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, January 16, 2020

Hotel California, #21:
California #21:  Late evening light from my balcony at Post Ranch Inn.

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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, January 16, 2020

SUNDANCE: Artist In Residence, #79:
Sundance #79:  "Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here” - “Lasciate Ogne Speranza, Voi Ch’intrate"
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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

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!"



Wednesday, January 15, 2020
“Altar of Perception Altered"
circa 1985 -1995

Stoned Immaculate, #166:
Immaculate, #166:  from the portfolio, STONED IMMACULATE

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