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Thursday, October 30, 2014

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, October 30, 2014

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #37
Suzhou #37:  I would not begin to presume to suggest I am knowledgeable about all the subtle details of a Chinese garden.  Certain elements, however, are ALWAYS included:  most with space enough had ponds, bridges, and small viewing pavilions; there were also established plantings, often of spectacular floral trees; and within the greater garden, sculptural rocks were specifically situated. They were called #LakeTaihu rocks as though they had been quarried from there, but these were creations of many rocks cemented together and did not come from Lake Taihu. Nonetheless, artistically they were considered by the garden builders to be the “perfect” symbolic rock. I tell you this because it will be relevant to the embroidery work I am doing (Click here to read about my embroideries.).
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Suzhuo

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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, October 30, 2014

Silk Road - Embroideries #93
SILK ROAD #93:  Completed in a little more than 6-months, “Visual Haiku” was framed with a white rag cloth offset behind the #embroidery. Because much of the #matrix is transparent with no #stitching, display lighting passes through, causing the slightly raised embroidery/matrix to cast a shadow on the background cloth beneath the areas that do have stitching. This effect adds considerable dimension to the image. Similarly, display lighting brings out sparkling highlights coming from both the snowfield and the “accumulated” snow on the tree trunk.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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, October 29, 2014

TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #21
TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #21:  As you see from the last two posts, the view from my tent site was quite nice and I followed the sunrise on the nearby #summit. From there, however, I could not see the #river, BUT I could smell breakfast, so I grabbed my #camera / tripod and walked that way. As I came through the thicket of scrub trees onto the bank where we brought the boats in, THIS was my morning view downriver. At the end of this project, this image would be a print given to Senator Al Gore (@algore) and Canadian Premier of British Columbia Mike Harcourt for the “partnership” they formed to protect this river corridor.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @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, October 29, 2014 


NO PEBBLE MINE #111, Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #111, Pictures from Ground Zero:  Like much of the landscape we have already visited, #LakeClark has numerous small lakes that dot the terrain, but it also has a number of large lakes in spectacular settings, often at the foot of the impressive ranges. I particularly enjoy some of the tricky-to-say-yet-poetic names given them:  #Tazimina, #Kontrashibuna, #Kijik, #Turquoise, and #Telaquana. Many of these lakes are also glacial fed and they feature a remarkable range of blue colors from lake to lake.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

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, October 28, 2014

TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #10
TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #10:  We paddled for several hours in relative quietude, hearing only the splash-and-pull of our strokes. We were all trying to get comfortably positioned in our kayaks as we would be living in them for the next 10-days, and we had A LOT of paddling to do. We also wanted to establish some rhythm with our paddle strokes. The stone #beaches along the #shoreline slowly gave way to rock walls of increasing scale, all densely populated with trees and undergrowth right to the saltwater line. The #fjord was unfolding before us. Looking back toward our starting point, most of #HolkhamBay and the surrounding ranges had disappeared in the low clouds. The water around us seemed like glass, only we were definitely moving past the shore at a notable clip headed, for the moment, up-arm.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wilderness #Wilderness #Tongass

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Monday, October 27, 2014

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, October 27, 2014

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #108:
HUDSON RIVER #108:  At first encounter, I thought the freezing of the #river an amazing thing, especially on the clear-as-glass freeze-overs, BUT sometimes the #Arctic cold would last longer and the river ice would freeze more deeply. Then, as things warmed-up, the river would break-up sending sizeable chunks of ice downstream. Winter #weather fluctuations like that damage docks - and as was the case here on a tributary of the upper-Hudson - the flowing ice chunks have jammed up, breaching the river bank onto the willow islands, and have surged across the riverbank onto the road.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Weekly Post: SAN IGNACIO LAGOON: Saved For the Whales! by Robert GlennKetchum

by Robert Glenn Ketchum

World-Renowned Conservation Photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum dedicates Tuesday's to the Natural Resources Defense Council's (@NRDC) successful campaign that kept a whale birthing lagoon from industrial development.  Laguna San Ignacio Gray Whale Nursery in Baja California, Mexico is best known as the winter home to the once-endangered gray whale. The lagoon lies within one of the largest ecological preserves in Latin America, designated a Biosphere Reserve / World Heritage Site by the Mexican government in 1988. This blog is part of that story.  Enjoy!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

San Ignacio Lagoon: SAVED For the Whales! #90:
SAN IGNACIO WHALES #90: The bottom line is that A LOT OF PEOPLE showed their human concern for the protection of some amazing fellow travelers on this #planet and now the gray #whales of #SanIgnacioLagoon can continue their long history of using this safe haven as their birthing area and nursery! Thank you #JoelReynolds and #NRDC for inviting me to take part in this. Thank you to Bobbie Kennedy and his family, the Aridjis, Glenn Close and her daughter, and Pierce Brosnan and his son for allowing themselves to be figureheads to this #campaign and for allowing all of us the thousands of pictures, interviews, and words that it took. This was a privilege for me, as well as an education.  AND a chance to physically interact with one of the largest minds and creatures on this planet. This is the last post of this story, so I hope you have enjoyed what I have tried to relate and that you will take the opportunity to visit San Ignacio, touch a whale, drink some tequila and cerveza and watch the sun rise and set in shimmering radiance of the tidal fluctuations.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #SanIgnacioLagoon @NRDC @AudubonMagazine @RobertKennedyJr @PierceBrosnan @JMCousteau @HomeroAridjis @ProNaturaMexico @PentaxOnline @FujiFilmUS


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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Robert Glenn Ketchum: A Life at the Intersection of Pictures and Politics at The G2 Gallery

photograph © copyright, Robert Glenn Ketchum, 2014

ASMP LA Presents

Robert Glenn Ketchum: A Life at the Intersection of Pictures and Politics at The G2 Gallery:

Join ASMPLA and the G2 Gallery for a night with conservation photographer Robert Glenn Ketchum.

August 26, 2014
7:30 PM – 9:30 PM (Social time starts at 6:30 PM)


ASMP LA @ The G2 Gallery
1503 Abbot Kinney Road
Venice, CA 90291
+1.310.452.2842

THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

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  • $5.00—Student

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