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Friday, November 27, 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, November 27, 2020

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #228
Daze, #228:  
Laurance Rockefeller was my first big sale, when he discovered, and purchased, my portfolio, “Winters: 1970-1980”, after attending my exhibit in New York at Nikon House. David Rockefeller probably knew me through those images, and so he attended one of my exhibits at Aperture, some years later, buying a print from my Northwest Passage adventure related to my newly published Aperture book of the same name. I joined the Board of Trustees of the Alaska Conservation Foundation (ALC) in 1994, and soon thereafter, David joined the board as well. We became friends over the next 9yrs. of service to the board because we both loved Alaska, and adventuring there. We operated by the same M.O. - we used the 3-day board meetings as our excuse for visiting the state, but we usually stayed 2-3 additional weeks, to wander around somewhere other than Anchorage. When David finally left the ALC board at the end of his term, ALC hosted a lovely party for him at one of New York’s fancier hotels,..it may have been the Waldorf Astoria. The absolute location details are a little sketchy because it was quite a night, and quite a party. I clearly drank too much, but was sober enough for this photo-op with David, when ALC gave him one of my most popular prints from my Tongass work as a going-away gift. (I am not sure why my face looks like I am storing nuts in my cheeks, maybe it is just the strobe light,..Hahaha!). After this ceremony, the luster of being David’s friend rubbed off on me, and I was accosted by two gorgeous 40-somethings, decked out to the nines in elegant clothes, who insisted I should spend the rest of the evening misbehaving with both of them,..so I did. Thank you, David!

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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, November 27, 2020

Cuyahoga River Valley:  From Flames to Fame #37
Cuyahoga #37:  
Here is a different kind of shale waterfall where layers of rock tier upon one another to create a kind of staircase effect as they wind and twist through the woods.

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Thursday, November 26, 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, November 26, 2020

Hotel California, Some Pictures From My Backyard, #66
California #66:  
Steep walls plunge down into a valley, must be Yosemite. (That is some spooky clean granite!)

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Weekly Post, SUNDANCE: Artist-In-Residence by Robert Glenn Ketchum (#101+)

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, November 26, 2020

SUNDANCE: Artist In Residence, #124
Sundance #124:  
A hillside of layered, dancing trees. I would have loved to turn this into an embroidery!

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Wednesday, November 25, 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, November 25, 2020

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #32
Sonora #32:  
These upper slopes are the easternmost part of the lands involved in our project to protect this habitat, and they are completely different than any other part I have previously explored It is exhilarating to be able to easily walk about on the exposed rock, without having to wind around gardens of flowers and spiky cacti clusters. I can cover a lot of terrain quickly, and because I have beautiful light at the end of the day, I am hustling about, changing my point-of-view, and I discover numerous micro-niche flash flood arroyos, and spectacular cactus-rock gardens. I am going to walk up the dome to the right, which will carry me over into another drainage. Once again, this will take me a little further from my van, but all of these currently dry streambeds flow down to the road where I am parked, so there is no chance of getting lost. Given the day is clear and the late light glowing, I am going to stick this out until the sun sets.

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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, November 25, 2020

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change, #224
ARCTIC, #224:  
The Devon Island icecap completely covers most of the eastern part of the island, and is impressive to view from the air. There are hundreds of glaciers that descend from it to tidewater, and because of our warming climate, they are actively calving into the ocean so the surrounding waters are choked with sea ice. The coastline is rugged and punctuated by numerous fjords. In some cases, huge glaciers have extended themselves from the shore, out into the ocean without calving off. The one in this picture is over water, about 1/2 mile into the ocean from the coastal shelf.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

Weekly Post, NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures From Ground Zero by Robert Glenn Ketchum (Posts #426+)

 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, November 24, 2020

NO PEBBLE MINE #428, Pictures from Ground Zero
NO PEBBLE MINE #428: 
Before the announcement of the proposed Pebble mine, in 2001 I was already trying to call public attention to a little known region of Alaska referred to as Southwest. Southwest is a very large portion of the state, but only has two small cities, Dillingham, and King Salmon-Naknek. It does host numerous Native villages, a number of significant National Parks, and National Wildlife Refuges, the most productive wild salmon fishery in the world, Bristol Bay, and a profusion of land mammals, birds, and freshwater fish, but at that time it was still a location pretty much off the public radar. My first Aperture book about the area, Rivers of Life: Southwest Alaska, The Last Great Salmon Fishery, highlighted the parks and encouraged the successful management of the Bristol Bay fishery. Then, I decided to do a second book on the area, this time focusing on the largest state park in North America, which comprised 1/3 of the bay’s watershed. In 2004, while Aperture had, Wood-Tikchik: Alaska’s Largest State Park, literally, on press, a Canadian company, Northern Dynasty, proposed their plans to build the Pebble, which would be the largest open-pit, cyanide gold-leach mine in the world. I immediately began working with Aperture to create a traveling exhibit of select images from my two books, that would launch in that same year as the national traveling exhibit, “Southwest Alaska: A World of Parks and Refuges at the Crossroads.” That exhibit went on to tour for four years, and was displayed in Washington, DC, three times. The traveling show elicited much attention that helped to stymy the progress of the mine’s developers, and in 2009, in recognition of the work I had done, then-Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, gave me the (above) “Partners In Conservation Award” for helping to unite various coalition groups that were trying to protect the fishery of Bristol Bay by opposing the mine.

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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, November 24, 2020

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #222
Tongass, #222:  
During my first summer in the Tongass, I was joined by my wife, Carey, and she did a number of interviews that would later be reflected in the book, The Tongass: Alaska’s Vanishing Rainforest that Aperture would publish. She has also joined me this summer to enlarge the scope of the interviews, and while I am outside Sylvia’s house making pictures of her property, Carey is inside talking with her at length. Carey and I live in Manhattan Beach, and spend a good deal of time staying in shape by skating long distances on the 26-mile strand bikepath. I also take my skates with me to New York, where I occasionally dance skate on the weekends in Central Park, or at night at The Red Parrot disco skate hall. There are a lot of good dance skaters in New York, and many of them sport the “not-laced-up” skate style. Sylvia has two daughters, one who is away at college in the Lower ’48, and this one. If you might wonder what a young child does to keep herself entertained in such a remote outpost, this one sings and dance skates unlaced in some pretty marginal conditions, yet she seems to be pretty happy to be doing so.
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Monday, November 23, 2020

Weekly Post, High and Wild: Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers (#101+)

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, November 23, 2020


High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #170 
Wind Rivers, #170:  
If you follow this link you can get some sense of the terrain we must cover to get to Mount Baldy, which I have pinned on the map. The ranchers that brought us to the edge of the designated wilderness area, ferried us across the flat ranch land below Fayette Lake. From there, we spend the better part of 8hrs. working our way up through the foothills. The first upward pitches are pretty gradual, the weather stays pleasant, and the forest less than dense, but by midday, the terrain has grown MUCH steeper, the trees much closer together, and a light snow has begun to fall. The sleds are a real pain in the ass to pull up steep terrain, and navigate through the forest, so by the time we break for lunch, everyone is worn out. The Skinners, however, are VERY organized, and they have not only a designated “lunch” sled, but all complete meals are kept in their own stuff sacks, so in a matter of minutes after we stop, stoves are out and on, food is being prepared, and everyone is hydrating with Courtneys “secret replenishment drink,” hot water with Jello powder stirred into it. It sounds weird, but it flavors the water, and the high fructose goes off in your system, immediately providing an energy rush, and flushing heat through your body. In persistent cold exposure, it is amazing to realize how everything you ingest immediately affects your comfort and your warmth.

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Weekly Post, GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND: A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic

GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic by Robert Glenn Ketchum


 
In 2006, I was invited to participate in a Zegrahm expedition sponsored by the Harvard Museum of Natural History, The Nature Conservancy, and the World Wildlife Fund. I was to lecture aboard the ship, and to participate onshore, when visiting Inuit communities to discuss the effects of climate change on their lives. The trip would travel along the coast of southeastern Greenland, crossing the Labrador Sea, to the northwest coast of Labrador, and the southwest coast of Baffin Island.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Monday, November 23, 2020 



GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic, #7
GLB #7:  
Did I say “a lot of boats?” Seriously! I am not sure what these residents do to make them SO prosperous, but it must be valuable because it appears that EVERYONE has a boat, a tidy house, many have cars, and there are also a large number of ATV’s as well. The fishing must be good because there is zero agriculture, and very little manufacturing. I have been in a lot of Native communities in Alaska and across the Canadian Arctic, but none of them looked like this.

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