Monday, July 28, 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, July 28, 2014

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #95:
HUDSON RIVER #95: The unique #biodiversity of the #HudsonRiverValley is created by the huge tidal flux from the #Atlantic that travels nearly 70-miles up the river, mixing colder river water with warmer saline ocean water. As much of the river is surrounded by mountain ranges and dense forests / vegetation, the valley becomes a corridor of humidity and the presence of all that moisture in the air creates the light that so fascinated the Hudson River School of #painters. Being a #photographer, I found the light to have an even greater range than I found in the #paintings. On especially hot and humid days, late in the afternoon, sometimes the light would be so diffuse as to hardly "be there" at all.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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Friday, July 25, 2014

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, July 25, 2014

Traveling in China Since 1985, #89
CHINA #89: After oohing and aahing appropriately at the fog/spires/sunrise, Carey I walked many of the same paths as the day before, and found them and their pavilions as crowded and noisy as they were previously. Eventually we sought out a quiet spot or two, in an "odd" place so we could enjoy #Huangshan in some solitude... and discuss the future. We had one more night on top, and then our guide was to take us back down by cable car, where we would overnight at a hotel in the valley once again, before departing by bus the next day. The guide made it VERY clear that he was not walking down, and that he felt quite sure we were not capable of doing so either. We knew from reading there was SO much more to the mountain, and many THOUSANDS of stairs we had not seen, all below us. But amazingly -- probably intentionally -- there were no trail maps in #English, and even the #Chinese ones we looked at seemed highly confusing and completely without topographic description. So could it be done in one day, and how hard could it be?
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China @Earthwatch_org

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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, July 25, 2014

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #22
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #22 - 1985 to the Present: Walking around in #Shanghai as it was transformed, I would find one block after another going through its various phases of reconstruction. Clearly the rough-around-the-edges of the older city were beginning to disappear, replaced by a gleamingly modern urban environment that was cleaner and a "bit" more orderly. Having said that, I was also struck by how much of the "heavy-lifting" was still done by hand.  However, considering the many improvements, the workers are not wearing muddy rags, nor Mao-suits; they had on gloves and hard hats; the heavy clay-mud was being hauled in a wheelbarrow, and not by yoke-and-baskets across someone's shoulder; and there are internationally recognizable guard rails at the edge of the site. Lots of "Beware The Safety" signs around here I would bet...
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

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Thursday, July 24, 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, July 24, 2014

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #23
Suzhou #23:  #Suzhou already had a good large university and as the New #China evolved, Suzhou would enter International cooperation agreements to build further schools, expansive new vertical office space, large planned housing communities, and some very high-end ones as well, usually built surrounding golf courses or lakes. Initially the pace of the work was relatively slow. It started at the core of the city and moved out along some of the principle roads and canals. I found myself wandering farther on my visits to still find the "paths-less-taken." Because I could view my work between visits, I became especially attentive to the richness of detail created by the accumulation of time. In the shiny new Suzhou, the "clutter" of history would be lost, and with every successive visit I would discover something "I saw everyday" -- and with which I had become familiar -- had disappeared.
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, July 24, 2014

Silk Road - Embroideries #79
SILK ROAD #79: Besides the amazing random stitching done to create the branches in the forest, two stitches in particular were used in this #embroidery that we had never used before; one of those stitches was actually invented by Zhang just for "Pale Leaves in Blue Fog." As the piece progressed, the random stitching layers were SO beautifully done in so many subtle shades, against the unstitched matrix they truly did create the illusion of deep dimensional space in the forest. In the near foreground, we were planning to use the #Suzhou fine stitch to render the pale leaves with utmost detail further adding to that illusion. Zhang, however, grew concerned about something else she thought essential to the image - in the photograph you could clearly see water droplets from the fog had collected on the branches like bright beads. In a brilliant moment one afternoon, she decided to wrap thread around the head of a tiny #acupuncture needle, creating a little silk bead - "the acupuncture stitch." By using needles of varying sizes, the #embroiderers could make "raindrops" that also varied in size - these were to be the VERY last stitches applied and they were an ingenious contribution to furthering the sense of depth.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

No Pebble Mine! Pebble asks EPA to 'stop the madness' of potential veto by Manuel Quiñones

Below is the second of two recent articles that reflect the continuing resolve of the Pebble Limited Partnership – that is, Northern Dynasty Minerals. Their new CEO – a DC lawyer named Tom Collier – has been doing the rounds in DC, arguing in the strongest terms that the Pebble Mine is a good project, that the environmental community is conspiring illegally with EPA, that EPA is an out-of-control agency for responding to the request of Bristol Bay residents for help, and that new funding for the project is imminent.

Obviously, we have a different view – see below. I was in DC recently myself with a long list of Pebble Mine meetings on the Hill and with EPA. These articles demonstrate how important it is not to let up – and we won’t.
~All the best, Joel
Joel Reynolds
Western Director, Senior Attorney, 
Natural Resources Defense Council


Photograph © Robert Glenn Ketchum 
Pebble asks EPA to 'stop the madness' of potential veto
by Manuel Quiñones, E&E reporter
Published: Wednesday, April 30, 2014 http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/2014/04/30/stories/1059998750

Pebble LP, the company that wants to develop a large copper and gold mine in southwestern Alaska, is making its case against a potential pre-emptive U.S. EPA veto of the project.

No Pebble Mine! EPA Accused of Power Grab By Ben Goad, Megan R. Wilson and Timothy Cama

Below is one of two recent articles that reflect the continuing resolve of the Pebble Limited Partnership – that is, Northern Dynasty Minerals. Their new CEO – a DC lawyer named Tom Collier – has been doing the rounds in DC, arguing in the strongest terms that the Pebble Mine is a good project, that the environmental community is conspiring illegally with EPA, that EPA is an out-of-control agency for responding to the request of Bristol Bay residents for help, and that new funding for the project is imminent.

Obviously, we have a different view – see below. I was in DC recently myself with a long list of Pebble Mine meetings on the Hill and with EPA. These articles demonstrate how important it is not to let up – and we won’t.
~All the best, Joel
Joel Reynolds
Western Director, Senior Attorney, 
Natural Resources Defense Council

Although we have made progress and investors have pulled back, IT IS NEVER OVER 'TILL IT'S OVER!  Photograph © Robert Glenn Ketchum 

EPA accused of power grab
http://thehill.com/regulation/energy-environment/204762-epa-accused-of-power-grab-in-dispute-over-alaska-mine 
By Ben Goad, Megan R. Wilson and Timothy Cama

Backers of a massive planned gold and copper mining operation in Alaska are accusing the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of going to unprecedented lengths to torpedo the project.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Venice Art Walk 2014 - Los Angeles


The weekend of May 17-18 is a BIG fundraising effort for both Crossroads School (where my children go) and for the Venice Family Clinic and their legendary annual ARTWALK. Yesterday I posted the auction image and information about Crossroads, but that is an event for the school only, not the general public.

On Sunday the 18th, however, the ARTWALK event is VERY public so come enjoy the MANY things that are going on.

"Adrift in The Garden" 2014 
24" x 36" 
manipulated photograph printed on aluminum 
photograph © 2014 Robert Glenn Ketchum
This image will be part of those displayed in the Google headquarters in Venice which serve as the auction galleries. Great food trucks and wine, some of LA's best artists, and a great cause! Come to Venice on Sunday the 18th, enjoy the party and BID MY PRINT UP - it was made uniquely for this auction. ~Robert Glenn Ketchum

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

XRDSARTS2014: Alchemy - Where Science and Art Meet


XRDSARTS2014: Alchemy - Where Science and Art Meet

Crossroads School is hosting an event for the parents of Crossroads students on Saturday, May 17th at Hangar 8 in Santa Monica. With the imminent construction of their new science building in 2014, they will be exploring the intersection of art and science as the driving theme behind this event. A highlight of the evening will be a stunning art show and silent auction, surrounded by a fabulous party, fantastic food and merriment!

"The Dark Of Heartness" 2014 
16" x 38" 
manipulated color photograph printed on aluminum
Photograph © 2014 Robert Glenn Ketchum 
For all my friends that have children at Crossroads, please buy a ticket to XRDSARTS2014: Alchemy - Where Science and Art Meet. I have this print, made directly on aluminum in the auction, as well as another print on a silk charmeuse scarf and I NEED ALL OF YOU TO RALLY AROUND MY WORK, BID IT UP! and lets make some serious money for Crossroads this year while having fun. ~Robert Glenn Ketchum

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Adults only. Tickets are all-inclusive for dinner, drinks, entertainment, and parking. Parents are invited to wear their Steampunk finest or other festive attire if they choose. Free childcare is available at Crossroads Elementary School for grades K-8 by reservation only; contact Heidi Wong at hwong@xrds.org.

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