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Friday, March 27, 2015

Weekly Post: CHINA Travels Since 1985 by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Traveling in CHINA Since 1985 by Robert Glenn Ketchum

During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. Earthwatch was one organization that allowed foreigners to visit China without going through too much red-tape. These photographs are a first glimpse into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum. 


Friday, March 27, 2015

Traveling in China Since 1985, #124
CHINA #124:   It was amazing to watch this because I knew I was looking at one of the oldest processes known in the creation of luxurious #silk cloth. This woman has boiled silkworm cocoons, sitting in a basin of water just behind her. When the cocoons were “ready”, she picked one up and located the end of the silk strand used to weave the cocoon. Using a very long fingernail on her pinkie finger, she quickly lifted the thread away from the cocoon ball, and fed it into the spinning wheel that stands in front of her. Turning the wheel slowly, she unraveled the entire cocoon around the wheel. EVERY cocoon produces about 1-mile of a single strand of silk! WHO figured this process out!?!

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Weekly Post: SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient by Robert Glenn Ketchum

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient by Robert Glenn Ketchum

During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. These photographs are a continuation of other ongoing blog threads of the first glimpses into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.


Friday, March 27, 2015


SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #57
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #57 - 1985 to the Present:  Taking a slightly wider view, you can see what I mean when I say the plaza was slowly being surrounded by vertical #architecture (and for my money, some PRETTY FANTASTIC architecture at that). There are few skylines in the world that can boast this great a variety of distinctive designs. Back at ground level, however, the lunch “rush” had begun, and the first of many groups of businessmen and women have begun to drift in to dine. Check the signage showing off products and dishes. Note also, now that we are in the plaza, the “shooting star” street lamps have been replaced by an “old-timey” style that looks more #British than #Chinese. It is making me hungry just writing about this plaza!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Weekly Post: SUZHOU, 1985-to the present by RobertGlennKetchum

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present by Robert Glenn Ketchum

During the reign of Mao (1949-1976), China was a closed country. China in the 1980’s was 80% rural, with no outside visitors, particularly from the West. When China opened to travelers, the Chinese government placed severe limitations on who was allowed to enter the country. These photographs are a continuation of other ongoing blog threads of the first glimpses into China in the mid-1980’s by world-renowned Conservation Photographer 
Robert Glenn Ketchum.




Thursday, March 26, 2015

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #58
Suzhou #58:   In 1988, this neighborhood was beginning its modernizing process, and the canal serving it was bustling, so I returned frequently to observe and #photograph it. As I was VERY obvious, being laden with #cameras, and being the only white person most of them had ever seen wandering their streets, some of the boatmen and the workers began to recognize me, and would nod when they saw me approach. It was great for me that they were getting “used” to my presence, because they would just continue their work, and let me shoot without staring at me like I was an alien being in their midst!
ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Suzhou

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Weekly Post: SILK ROAD - Embroideries of Robert Glenn Ketchum

Silk Road - Embroideries of Robert Glenn Ketchum

The city of Suzhou, China, produced China's most beautiful silk and silk embroidery practiced by generational families for 3,000 years. My purpose in going to China starting in the mid-1980's was to turn my photographs into textiles, and this is my story. ~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Thursday, March 26, 2015


Silk Road - Embroideries #114
SILK ROAD #114:   By 1998, we had completed quite a few #embroideries, and I felt we finally had enough work to show what we were trying to accomplish. Zhang was very eager to have the work more visible in the U.S. and was pressing me to #exhibit. As my exchange program in #China was made possible through @UCLA, I thought it appropriate that they be offered the first opportunity to host such an exhibition, and so I approached the @UCLA @FowlerMuseum. Fowler recognized that very little #Chinese #embroidery was exhibited in the U.S., AND that there was virtually no documentary record of this 5,000-year-old artisan craft. So they decided to make the exhibit -- and the catalog they would publish with it -- a “definitive” compilation of images and research. If the embroidery detail on the cover of the catalog looks familiar, you will find the complete description of the making of this image in previous posts #77-82.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Weekly Post: TATSHESHINI: Saving a River Wild

TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild by Robert Glenn Ketchum

In 1990, I was invited on a 10-day float down the Tatshenshini, a huge river system flowing from Western Canada to the Pacific Ocean that literally divides two of North America's largest national parks, Canada's Kluane National Park and Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. A gold mine was being proposed mid-river. I broke the story in LIFE magazine. There were many other articles and a book. The mine was never developed and the river is now a wilderness corridor. This is a conservation SUCCESS story!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #42
TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #42:   Finally we reached the bend to the left that brought us to the “backside” of the coastal range. Immediately, more and bigger #glaciers appeared on these #summits, fed by the relentless #weather on the western slope where incoming storms from the Gulf of #Alaska, slam into some of the tallest coastal mountains in the world. Steep, glacially carved valleys literally lined-up, one-after-another. on the right side of the #river. Many large meltstreams fed into our flow every mile or so as we drifted ever closer to #AlsekLake. Our excitement grew also as the weather continued to improve and the afternoon was pleasantly warm.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Tatshenshini @glacierbaynps @Life @Wilderness #WeAreTheWild @nature_AK

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Weekly Post: NO PEBBLE MINE: Pictures from Ground Zero by RobertGlennKetchum

NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures from Ground Zero 
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Thank you to the EPA for recognizing the value of the Bristol Bay fishery. 
NOW, what can we do to protect this habitat further? 
Mission: To protect the national parks and national refuges of southwest Alaska, 
and the Bristol Bay fishery from the development of the Pebble mine, and other commercial risks.



Wednesday, March 25, 2015 

NO PEBBLE MINE #132, Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #132, Pictures from Ground Zero:  Oh, what a difference a little rise makes. Our tents were between a cluster of stunted trees and a low hill. I am now standing on top of that hill and taking in this perspective of the ENTIRE lake basin. Yeowser! The previous post is a detail shot of the same golden trees you see here, but they seem almost insignificant in this larger setting.We couldn't get our food and daypacks together quickly enough! All of us just wanted to be out, in this, and moving through it. We were all pretty sure this world was welcoming our presence and inviting us to play.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Weekly Post: TRACY ARM WILDERNESS - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time by Robert Glenn Ketchum

TRACY ARM WILDERNESS - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time by Robert Glenn Ketchum

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act (#Wilderness), this new blog focuses on a wilderness area in the #Tongass rainforest of southeast Alaska. This is the tale of a 10-day kayak trip - a testament to WHY wilderness is important, by world-renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.





Tuesday, March 24, 2015

TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #31
TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #31:  It rained on-and-off during the night, but stopped early in the morning so I got up. In the #weather break I could see up the fjord in the direction we would be heading. Our next camp looked to be a number of twists and turns away and the walls just keep getting taller and MORE SHEER. As Carey and Russell were slowly rising and getting dressed, I strolled toward the kitchen area where we had covered the kitchen gear with the blue tarp. As I came upon the tarp, I found a medium size black #bear curled-up, sleeping in the middle of it! I started shouting, “Bear!!!” and backing away. As a result, my shouting woke it up, and terrified, the poor bear ran off into the bush. My companions and I immediately headed to the food stash to see if we had been raided. There are no markets in a fiord, and the boat would not be back to pick us up for 8-days, so we were all praying that slippery rock pinnacle worked as had been suggested...
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wilderness #Wilderness #Tongass

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Monday, March 23, 2015

Weekly Post: THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS by Robert Glenn Ketchum

by Robert Glenn Ketchum


This is the story of my first major commission and book, THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS (Aperture, 1985). In 1984, #StephenShore, #WilliamClift, and I received a 2-year commission from the Lila Acheson Wallace Fund to photograph the #HudsonRiverValley. This blog tells the tale of the book, with many photos not seen before. Enjoy!



Monday, March 23, 2015

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #129:
HUDSON RIVER #129:   My LEAST favorite roads are ANY AFTER AN ICE STORM! The spectacles along the roadside are always interesting, HOWEVER the #HudsonRiver #weather cycle of freezing rain and snow, followed by warming and then re-freezing, creates some hideous black-ice conditions that not even my trick van liked much. Also, as beautiful as this icefall was, because of the freezing-thawing cycle, during a thaw this entire wall could collapse on the the roadway suddenly, or throw off large pieces, which is always nice to have happen if you are driving by.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

National Wilderness Conference

The other recent event celebrating the 50th Anniversary of The Wilderness Act I participated in was National Wilderness Conference in Albuquerque, NM. Organized by all of the collective federal agencies that manage wilderness lands, this was a multi-day event featuring numerous presentations and distinguished speakers such as Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, author Terry Tempest Williams, and Senator Tom Udall. I was asked to be an "inspirational" closing keynote speaker, along with my old friend, Dave Foreman, author of Ecodefense: A Field Guide to Monkeywrenching, and co-founder of Earth First!, the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance and  most recently, the Rewilding Institute

Dave Foreman, EcoWarrior, and Robert Glenn Ketchum, Conservation Photographer
Dave Foreman, Environmentalist, and Robert Glenn Ketchum, Conservation Photographer, 2014

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