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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