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Monday, March 8, 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, March 8, 2021

High and Wild:  Three Years of Wandering in the Wind Rivers, #186 
Wind Rivers, #186:  
The huge snowcave The Mole has dug has grottos to store our packs and small gear, and benches above the floor on which we can sleep. There are some lanterns for light, and in some places, spoons have been stuck into the walls to support single candles. It is relatively bright, and warm, so much so that most of us are in shirtsleeves with a vest, and we have taken off our heavier fleece, and parkas. There is some modest consumption of alcohol, and a lot of discussion about the next day, as we are all anticipating that decent weather will allow us an attempt on the 11,500ft+ summit of Mount Baldy. If it is clear in the morning, it is a go for sure, and the lower slopes of the mountain are less than one-mile from our encampment. Sweet Dreams!

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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, March 8, 2021 
GREENLAND, LABRADOR, and BAFFIN ISLAND:  A Climate Change Research Expedition in the North Atlantic, #22
GLB #22:  
Ashore for some exercise, my cabin-mate, Jim McCarthy, and I, have left the less ambitious guests for a stroll in the countryside. After climbing a hill to have a look around at the broader landscape, we descend to a rugged shoreline because Jim is attracted to the geology of the jumbled and exposed rocks. We are now completely out-of-sight from our group, and ever wary of polar bears, be we find ourselves in a stony garden. There are boulders, and walls of many hues around us, and where soil has accumulated on top of them, wildflowers bloom profusely. We are in our own little Garden of Eden, which we would never have seen if not for our mutual willingness to explore. I am sure we will be tired this evening, but we will also have enjoyed things nobody else did.

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Friday, March 5, 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, March 5, 2021

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #242
Daze, #242: 
The final accomplishment of 1995, was the publishing of the book, LOTUSLAND: A Photographic Odyssey. Nearly 2yrs. before, I had been invited to photograph the home, and eccentric gardens, of an equally eccentric woman, Ganna Walska. Located in Santa Barbara, Lotusland was a sprawling estate of many acres, which Ganna had woven into a very unusual mix of plantings. She had gardens dedicated to cacti, aloes, cycad trees, palms, cymbidiums, and bromeliads, often blending them together in surprising ways, such as putting white, hoary cacti around the base of redwood trees. She also had some massive epiphytes in baskets hanging from the oaks and eucalyptus. There was a Japanese garden, as well, with a sizable pond full of Koi. My favorite, however, and perhaps the oddest part of the landscaping, was the swimming pool which featured a waterfall tower composed of giant clam shells like those in the book’s cover picture, above. I was one of three photographers featured in the book, but the majority of their pictures were close-ups of various plants, and the preponderance of my images took a step back, incorporating a broader perspective of the various gardens.

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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, March 5, 2021

Cuyahoga River Valley:  From Flames to Fame #51
Cuyahoga #51:  
Another of the several highway bridges that cross over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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Thursday, March 4, 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, March 4, 2021

Hotel California, Some Pictures From My Backyard, #80
California #80:  
Sunset over the Panamint Range, Death Valley.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2021,
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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, March 4, 2021

SUNDANCE: Artist In Residence, #138
Sundance #138:  
Sundance had a light snowfall last night, and this morning Elk Point is glowing in the view from Robert Redford’s driveway.

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Wednesday, March 3, 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, March 3, 2021

THE SONORAN DESERT:  Visiting with Don Juan #46
Sonora #46:  
After several hours of scrambling around in the rocky foothills, I am worn out. The clouds have now gone, so it is also much hotter. It is getting to be late in the day, and a warm, low light sweeps across the desert as the shadows deepen. I figure I will go back to my house, and throw myself in the pool once again, but I am stopped by another friendly cylindropuntia waving around some glowing red flowers, who tells me to stick around because the show is just about to begin. That sounds intriguing to me, so I find a sunny rock perch, and settle in with some snacks to see what is going to happen. I am glad to be getting local advice.

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