Wednesday, April 23, 2014

WEEKLY POST: NO PEBBLE MINE: Pictures from Ground Zero by Robert GlennKetchum

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, April 23, 2014 

NO PEBBLE MINE #84 Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #84, Pictures from Ground Zero: The mixture of moisture-laden #weather off the #Pacific and the taller summits of #Katmai National Park create a daily sky show. On the best days, it is a great thing to watch from one of the parks lesser #summits. As a rule, however, this weather is pretty fast-moving and usually has significant wind with it, so regardless of your viewpoint, YOU need to be prepared as some part of the storm will eventually reach you. Hikers can hunker down, but out on these big #lakes it is another story. The scale of this #water allows the #wind to build up significant #wave fetch which I have seen come ashore as 6-FEET of surf at #BrooksCamp. Timing a paddle crossing from one #shore to another requires critical weather judgment because these #storms sometimes come up very quickly, and it isn't just the struggle of the paddle; getting ashore may be an even bigger adventure.
Photograph © 2014 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

WEEKLY POST: San Ignacio Lagoon: SAVED For the Whales! by Robert Glenn Ketchum

San Ignacio Lagoon: SAVED FOR the Whales!
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Tuesdays World-Renowned Conservation Photographer, Robert Glenn Ketchum, dedicates to the Natural Resources Defence Council (@NRDC) successful #campaign that kept a #whale #birthing #lagoon from #industrial #development.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

San Ignacio Lagoon: SAVED For the Whales! #69:
SAN IGNACIO WHALES #69: Dawn the next day found me in that same sling-chair, now pondering the dream-like colored sky reflections on the wet sand during an extremely low tide. It occurred to me that I should have some breakfast and talk a walk on this amazing exposed tidal plain. The #whales can usually be visited twice a day, and since much of the day before I was out on the open water with them (and 1/2 the media in South America), I now looked forward to some quiet time to #photograph other things and further ponder the totality of the lagoon.
Photograph © 2014 Robert Glenn Ketchum @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #SanIgnacioLagoon @NRDC @AudubonMagazine @RobertKennedyJr @PierceBrosnan @JMCousteau @HomeroAridjis @ProNaturaMexico @PentaxOnline @FujiFilmUS


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Monday, April 21, 2014

WEEKLY POST: THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS by Robert Glenn Ketchum

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS 
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, April 21, 2014

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #81:
HUDSON RIVER #81: The ring of gate keys was an amazing thing to have. After van camping at a remote group of small #lakes all night in a storm, I was out taking pictures early in the morning, and I was quite a surprise to a state trooper on a drive patrol. As this was a restricted area of the watershed, of course he stopped to question me, and when learned I was there WITH my van overnight, he definitely wanted to see it, ...AND I wanted to get my letter of permission. As we approached the van, I was told to stand back and he walked up to the shotgun-side window and looked in. My huge bundle of keys was on the seat, to which he gasped, then turned to me smilingly and said, "Who the f^&k are you?" That was followed by the comment that the only other key ring he had ever seen like that belonged to Nash Castro. LUV'D IT! Before he left, he offered me some advice about where to get good pictures. TY Mr. State Trooper!
Photograph © 2014 Robert Glenn Ketchum @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
SOCIAL MEDIA by #LittleBearProd: http://www.LittleBearProd.com
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Traveling in CHINA 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, April 18, 2014

Traveling in China Since 1985, #75
CHINA #75: Our cable tram car rumbled slowly into a small valley and settled onto an offloading platform. Our guide said that we would walk up from here to where our hotel was located and the luggage would be brought to our rooms later by bearers. The stairs we followed took us through the housing of some of those who worked on the mountain. This was like a small mountain village and those who lived here did not often descend. Their jobs were related to tourism at the summit, and food and supplies were brought up to them by the tram. About 20-minutes into the walk up the stairs, our guide asked if we were tired. We said no but he assured us we would be as there would be nowhere we would go in the next few days that did not involve a substantial amount of climbing and descending.
Photograph © 2014 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China @Earthwatch_org

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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, April 18, 2014

SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient, #8
SHANGHAI, OZ of the Orient #8 - 1985 to the Present: Another place LOTS of people collected was on the side streets early in the morning where everyone would exercise in a group before going off to work. In this shot, I am looking down from my hotel window at about 7am. It is already hot and humid, but several hundred people are doing Tai Chi routines in the street and a number of guests from the hotel have joined in. Sometimes I encountered sword dancers and stick fighters practicing in this way at the dawn of the day, and even with modernization, these community exercise groups continue to thrive.
Photograph © 2014 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #China #Shanghai

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

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

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, April 17, 2014

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #9
Suzhuo #9: Of course, to work this hard, you had to eat, so mealtime was a community event for those that lived on their boats. As midday approached, women on the boats would begin to prepare food that they bought in the market that morning and inevitably there was quite a lot of social chatter between them. Soon the scent of gas fumes and diesel would give way to aromas of boiling vegetables and wok-fried fish. On cue, groups of men, very tired and many very dirty, would begin to show up, greeting each of the women in turn, until arriving at there own boat, where they would settle in for some nourishment and a brief rest.
Photograph © 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 for 3,000 years. Silk embroidery in Suzhou had been practiced by generational families for 1000's of 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.



Thursday, April 17, 2014

Silk Road - Embroideries #65
SILK ROAD #65: Each of the 3-panels for "The Beginning of Time" took three years to stitch. Different #embroiderers worked a few specific tasks but the #master #embroiderer for this piece was my old friend, Huang Chunya. After her "burnout" from stitching the majority of the VERY complex #embroidery, "2:10 p.m.", she retired from working on my images, but found herself "bored" going back to more traditional subjects, so after some respite, she became part of my team again. She was especially excited to be the first to work stitching across a painted/dyed #matrix, and she was especially aware of my desire to keep the overall image #transparent and #luminous. For her, this image would be nearly the exact opposite of "2:10 p.m." because that was the most elaborate, textured piece we had created to date, and "The Beginning of Time" would be an exercise in stitching minimalism.
Photograph © 2014 @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ART 90266 featuring Robert Glenn Ketchum

This month THREE different auctions will offer unique digital prints on metal that are part of my new work.

"Looking For Love"   2014
21" x 24"
manipulated color photograph printed on aluminum
unique piece, SRP: $750


No Pebble Mine! London Financial Times

This "ad" ran Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the London Financial Times. The background picture is mine and one of many NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) has used in this campaign. This has been a remarkable campaign with many "partners", NRDC BioGems Defenders, The Orvis Company, Tiffany & Co. - thank you all, glad my images were of value. Keep Alaskan salmon doing the wild thing!