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Monday, May 25, 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, May 25, 2015

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #138:
HUDSON RIVER #138:   In many places at this point in our journey, #MetroNorth rail tracks along the eastern shore of the #HudsonRiver are so close to the river that they are built on elevated berms to accommodate tidal fluctuations and seasonally high water on the river. When riding trains, at first I was struck by the views of #industrial #landscapes. Then I began to appreciate the historical layers, and one day it dawned on me how much relatively wild land there was outside the window. Without a doubt, the #HudsonRiverValley is a completely domesticated landscape.  Yet especially when you train, you see the dense deciduous forest, the protected wetlands, state parks, and wildlife that either never left, or have since returned in abundance. My wife and I had sizable groups of deer foraging in our vegetable garden, and a bear reportedly used the #NewYorkThruway to move between the #Adirondack and #Catskill mountains!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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Friday, May 22, 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, May 22, 2015

Traveling in China Since 1985, #132
CHINA #132:   This is the bedroom of the wealthy merchant’s daughter in the #ZhuangyanMansion. Not exactly IKEA. This also brings to mind unusual encounters in my life when visiting “historic” bedrooms. In #Norway, touring a reconstructed #Viking village, the female “viking” tour guide that took us through the daily rituals of the communal long house, suggested I stay as the others departed because she wanted to show me how “private” the king’s private bedroom really was. Here at the Zhuangyan Mansion, I asked the lovely historically dressed guide about all the pillows and comforters, and she replied they were for “positions.” Thinking she meant for healthy alignment or comfort, etc., I queried: For sleeping, or massage? She got an unusual smile on her face and said, “Neither... but I can show you.”

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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, May 22, 2015


SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #65
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #65 - 1985 to the Present:  In my previous post, I noted the #Pudong waterfront esplanade has become a popular place to walk, enjoy the view and the breeze, AND to have some Haagen-dazs. I mentioned Haagen-dazs specifically because their advertising on the esplanade has been somewhat odd. These large posters appeared behind glass in numerous places along the walk and they must work because the store is jammed. For me, however, I don’t quite get the connection. There are no Chinese involved AND this looks more like an Abercrombie & Fitch billboard. Perhaps it implies ice cream is like sex for some people... which is true, AND the Chinese love symbolic meaning. It is good they have protected the poster from striding as well. (What????) And why would you ?
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

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Thursday, May 21, 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, May 21, 2015

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #66
Suzhou #66:   The #exhibition drew a large audience in #HongKong and received considerable press. The book was selling well, worldwide. “CHINA: Fifty Years Inside the People’s Republic” attracted enormous international attention because it brought to life events, personalities, and a view of #Chinese daily life that had been virtually invisible to the outside world for a considerable length of time. Many #photographers in the show were #journalists, and we knew they would bear the brunt of the “edit” by the Minister of Culture before the work would be displayed at the new #Shanghai Museum. When the exhibit closed in Hong Kong, we were all curious to learn what had been censored. With nothing but pictures of boats and canals in now-historic #Suzhou, I had no concerns and never even considered being edited...
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, May 21, 2015


Silk Road - Embroideries #122
SILK ROAD #122:   The #embroidery, “Emperor Kangxi’s Inspection Tour of Southern China,” is 21-feet wide, in 4-panels. The catalog #photograph crosses two page seams, so I am not going to be able to show you the entire image, just two of the panels. This is the third detail I will offer before doing that. This part of the scene actually shows the arrival of the emperor. He is entering middle-right, where the canopy is being held to shade him. A crowd has assembled in greeting, and some of them are bowing on their knees. EVERY figure has facial details – it is just absolutely amazing.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Monday, March 30, 2015

Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 featuring Conservationist Robert Glenn Ketchum





April 2, 2015 – April 26, 2015

About Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 
Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 is an inspiring, collective exhibit focused on the protected parks of the United States, featuring images from award-winning photographers, including Jack Dykinga, Robert Glenn Ketchum, Ian Shive, Michael Miner and Louie Schwartzberg. Their subjects range from Mojave National Preserve to the Channel Islands and many more public lands across the country.

The exhibit was envisioned by the Western National Parks Association, The G2 Gallery and El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, with the intent of sharing the diverse natural beauty of municipal, state, regional and national parks, while promoting their protection and stewardship. Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 -- housed in the heart of downtown L.A. -- hopes to raise awareness about the variety of public lands accessible to urban residents just outside the city.

Earth Month: : Los Angeles is sponsored by El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument, Western National Parks Association, The G2 Gallery, U.S. Forest Service, National Park Service, and California State Parks.

Earth Month Los Angeles 2015 Artists:

Beverly Houwing
Buddy Weiss
Charity Vargas
Dan Gottlieb
Don Whitebread
Ian Shive
Jack Dykinga
Jenny Ross
Jodie Hulden
xRez
Allan Ross
Jim Stimson
Marc Muench
Peter Essick
Jolene Hanson
Larry Brownstien
Louie Schwartzberg
Matthew Khuns
Michael Caley
Michael Miner
Robert Glenn Ketchum
Stephen Strom
Tom Lowe
Vidya Narasimhan
Scott Tansey
Matt Whitmire – Griffith Park Trail Cam
Will Taylor

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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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