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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

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.
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Tuesday, April 13, 2021

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #242
For Carey, and me, this is to be our last night in Port Protection enjoying the company of Mayor Ed Mura, and his partner Lizzie. It has been an awakening stay in a very tight community. No roads connect to Port P, you come and go by boat or float plane, and we will fly back to Ketchikan tomorrow. In the meantime we have some considerable halibut to feast on, and way too much alcohol to drink, but we do. Hahaha! Then, as rather perfect compliment to the perfect meal, I step out onto the beach for some air and this screaming sunset sweeps in over me from the Pacific. Those clouds most likely mean it will be raining in the morning, but right now it is a fitting end to a MOST enjoyable visit. Light it/one up and enjoy the show!

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Monday, April 12, 2021

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, April 12, 2021

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #191 
Wind Rivers, #191:  
After a snack break at the top of the first foothill, we track the last section of substantial trees, as Mount Baldy summit continues to glow above us in the sunlight. Once through this section, patches of trees will become smaller, and farther between as we begin to rise. Snow conditions are perfect, and the temperature is warm enough that everyone is skiing in sweaters or wool shirts, and no one has put on a shell or a parka. Between the food, and the exhilaration of the approach, we are jacked, and striding at a good pace, so we should hit the lower slopes of the summit in about 1/2hr. Then the work will begin.

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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, April 12, 2021 

GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic, #27
GLB #27:  
Back aboard our cruise ship, the Zodiacs are raised, and we continue to motor downfjord. Late in the afternoon we stop one more time for a pre-dinner amble ashore. We are abreast of a tundra covered plateau that offers access from the shore, and the ground is covered a hardy, twiggy mix of interwoven plants. Equally interesting to me, where rocks are exposed, they are blanketed with dense patches of lichen. This entire landscape reveals the persistence, and hardiness of lifeforms in some of the extreme places on our planet. Unrelenting cold, much bad weather, and regular snow falls, but still, we are walking on a lush green mat of things, that are alive and thriving. Amazing!

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Friday, April 9, 2021

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, April 9, 2021

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #247
Daze, #247: 
A Native village, and a Native corporation in Alaska are two very different things, and sometimes they can be quite at odds with each other. A Native village is an entire community, and very often they are living subsistence lifestyles, hunting, fishing, and gathering for their food resources. A Native corporation owns the village lands, and those elected to serve as the corporate board supposedly manage the lands for the economic benefit of the village. Sometimes the board and the village don’t agree on what provides the most economic benefit, and that became the history of Afognak Island. Not acknowledging the value of Afognak for subsistence use, the Native corporation “sold” the island so that the old growth timber could be logged for the dollar value. The loggers hammered the island, and the bears, deer, and salmon disappeared, which ended all subsistence value.

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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, April 9, 2021

Cuyahoga River Valley:  From Flames to Fame #56
Cuyahoga #56:  
The park service moved and restored many of the historic structures to be found on the valley floor. Although they had not gotten to this barn at the time I was there, it was slated to be moved to the Hale Farm village re-creation, and to be fully restored.

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Thursday, April 8, 2021

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, April 8, 2021

Hotel California, Some Pictures From My Backyard, #85
California #85:  
Hot day, cold night color inversion after the sunset, Granite Mountains.

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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, April 8, 2021

SUNDANCE: Artist In Residence, #143
Sundance #143:  
After a 12” snowfall overnight, Elk Point (right) and the summit of Mt. Timpanagos (left) come out of the clouds. Sundance resort lies directly beneath the cirque below the Timp summit.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

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, April 7, 2021

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #51
Sonora #51:
Not far from the pink-white cluster of rocks (last post), I find this. The red rock color is not unique, as there are many red rock outcrops, but none of the others are decorated with many shades of colorful lichen. The more I stare, the more the lichen conforms into some interesting patterns as well. Under these conditions, it is best to just keep moving, and not linger too long in any one spot. So, anon to the next wiggly rocks, and maybe some shade as it seems the clouds are beginning to clear, and I expect when the sun burns through, it is going to be toasty.

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Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Weekly Post, NO PEBBLE MINE: Pictures from Ground Zero by Robert Glenn Ketchum (#401+)

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 3, 2020 

NO PEBBLE MINE , Pictures from Ground Zero
NO PEBBLE MINE #425:
I spend a considerable amount of the day wandering in the weeds, and given the results (this, and last three posts) it has been a much better thing to do than to stay in my room at the inn and watch TV. Around midday the rain turned to a drizzle, and now in late afternoon, the rain has stopped entirely. The dense fog has lifted, and there is a gentle breeze coming in from the Pacific. The skies overhead still look dark and stormy, but it feels like this spate of weather has passed, and I am thinking that air transportation will resume tomorrow, so likely I will be headed home to LA. With that thought in mind, and the chill of the evening settling in on me, I call it a day, head back to the inn, switch out of my damp clothes, and walk to The Muddy Rudder restaurant for one last dinner pig-out. It is one, so stuffed on giant pork chops, I take one last walk about town, before turning in.

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Monday, October 5, 2020

Weekly Post: The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get by Robert Glenn Ketchum (#201-231)

Continued. . .

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



Monday, October 52020

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #231  
DFCFC, #231:  
Of all the birthday presents that I received over the years from Gordon Williams, my most loved and used, are two very clever camp chairs that he gave to Vicki Golden, and I, so we would not have to sit on the ground when van camping. My tricked-out van was a Dodge Tradesman, and it was not all that big, so for the two of us to live in it for months at a time, everything had to have a place. I designed stashes around the wheel wells for the freeze-dried food storage that we took backpacking. I had a print drawer for my big prints, in a shallow box with a lid on it beneath the platform that supported our mattress. Opposite the double-wide side doors, was our pantry, clothes closet, and a cooler storage for cameras, and particularly, film. The two front seats were Captain’s Chairs, and mine nearly abutted the clothes closet wall, but there was about a 5” clearance. Knowing the van, Gordon designed these two camp chairs to fit in that space when not being used. Folded down, the seat locks flush to the “back,” creating a very thin profile. In use, you pull the “seat” out of the “back,” reverse it so the slant “feet” face the ground, and then slide it back through the braces of the “back", to form the sitting chair. I have had these camp chairs for over 50yrs. now, and they have graced the ground, and the roof rack on top of the van, at camps in almost every state in this country. I took this picture this morning, and they still look this good, and are now getting used at my beach house. Thank you Gordon, for being a GREAT friend, a mentor, and for giving gifts to me, that still keep on giving. May you Rest In Peace!

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