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Friday, July 31, 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 31, 2020

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #211:
Daze, #211:  Tom and Alayna Gray are not only the resident developers of Ranch San Carlos, they are also great hosts. The property is a lengthy drive from the available facilities of the Carmel Valley, so instead of having me stay in a hotel, and eat at restaurants there, part of my commission is to be their guest at the sprawling rancho complex, a beautiful Spanish-style home in the middle of the property. The home is fully staffed with housekeepers and a chef, and because there are many bedrooms, people considering buying into the development also stay there when they visit, all of us sitting at fabulous meals together, and drinking A LOT of great wine. Tom and Alayna spare no expense in making potential buyers enjoy their stay, so they want to build in this emerging community. Alayna will often take guests on horseback rides, and Tom drives them around in a jeep, as many of the roads are still dirt. I am allowed the use of a 4-wheel drive as well, but the most fun is to travel by golf cart, which has also been furnished for me. Cattle are grazed all over the acreage, and there are quite a lot of wild animals, including large populations of turkeys, and mountain lions.

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 31, 2020

Cuyahoga River Valley:  From Flames to Fame #20:
Cuyahoga #20:  In the last post, when I said “obvious,” I clearly meant it. It would be hard to be more obvious than this,.. and strangely, it is one of my favorite images from the commission, and I printed it as part of the exhibit.

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

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Thursday, July 30, 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 30, 2020

Hotel California, Some Pictures From My Backyard, #49:
California #49:  Sunrise at my campsite. Mount Tamalpias.

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 30, 2020

SUNDANCE: Artist In Residence, #107
Sundance #106:   Don’t stare for too long. Surely you could get sucked in. I can clearly see the inter-connected branches are some kind of dream-catcher.

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

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Wednesday, July 29, 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 29, 2020

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #15:
Sonora #15:  My curiosity about the distant rocks is soon resolved, once I evade the guarding cylindropuntia. Sure enough, Mescalito does have a cave there, and before it lies a beautiful, diverse garden, with some colorful, blooming ocotillo. Fouquieria splendens, indeed! Well, EVERYTHING is blooming, but the ocotillo, waving their red flowers around in the breeze, seem especially happy, and they are keeping time to the music to which Mescalito is listening. Interestingly, it is neither rock, nor country western. At this moment, it is Navajo tribal drum music, and the garden is grooving. I must remember to play music for the residents of my garden when I get home,..if I ever get home. This is a huge desert, one could disappear easily.

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+)

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 29, 2020

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change, #207:
ARCTIC, #207:   If you will look at this Ellesmere Island link you will see we will be flying over numerous fjords and mountain ranges, and it is going to be quite a show. Very shortly after refueling in Eureka, we lift off for Grise and within moments, this appears through my portal window. We leave the land briefly to cross a big fjord, and if you look carefully at the shoreline you will see a massive river delta slowly pushing out into the fjord. Collectively, these past two days are truly one of the most interesting flightsees of my life.

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

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Tuesday, July 28, 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 28, 2020 

NO PEBBLE MINE #411, Pictures from Ground Zero
NO PEBBLE MINE #411:  Ahead of us, I can now see the summits of the Wood Mountains, their profiles being more ragged and spire-like than the rounded massifs of the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge. For the moment, however, the last few glorious miles of the refuge are below our wings. This expansive landscape of lakes and rivers is an incredible aerial experience, and I feel so lucky to have flown above it many times. Floating, and boating, the rivers made it up-close-and-personal, where I could see the fish, bears, caribou, and wolves, as well as eat the wild berries, but your point of view is “land-locked,” you cannot take in the terrain in all its vast scale, as you can when flying. Four years ago, when Jan Konigsberg first brought me to Southwest, we flew into Dillingham on a rainy day with low clouds. We were well into the territory, before the flight descended beneath the cloud ceiling, and the landscape was revealed. I distinctly remember my first view of dozens of lakes and rivers sprawling across the rolling tundra as far as the eye could see, and Jan said to me, “What do you think?” My response was, “It looks like A LOT to deal with.” At the time, I had no idea what an understatement that was.

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

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