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Thursday, August 27, 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, August 27, 2015

Welcome to Suzhou, 1985 - to the present, #80
Suzhou #80:  As the new world rises, the old world clings to the edges. Clearly I have a certain nostalgia for the look of the “ancient” city of #Suzhou, BUT under NO circumstances should people live like this, so the changes have been important. He is washing dishes in an “old” canal. You do not even want to know about the blobs in the water. When we first arrived, we were given our own personal chopsticks to keep,..and keep clean!!! My hosts wanted us responsible for our own eating utensils so this would not happen. To assure their personal health, many people carried dish-sets and chopsticks with them to work on their bicycles. These issues are virtually non-existent now.
photograph(s) © copyright, 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, August 27, 2015


Silk Road - Embroideries #136
SILK ROAD #136:   At 4-feet tall, this was a very striking single panel. Entitled, “Geese Among Reeds,” it was also EXTREMELY subtle, in part, because of the unique stitch applications. The matrix of this is silk gauze and the birds and reeds are defined by petit point embroidery, NOT random stitching. Remember, this is TWO-SIDED petit point – perfect stitches regardless of which side of the panel you are viewing! If you will look very closely you will see there is also a full moon at the base of the screen in the middle - NOT a bad digital retouching spot (LOL). With it’s “similar” color tones, the remarkable, barely visible moon, and the look of the stitches, there was no other "traditional" Chinese piece I had seen that was quite like this.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #Embroidery @WesCFA @RSSDesigns
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Wednesday, August 26, 2015

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, August 26, 2015

TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #64
TATSHENSHINI:  Saving a River Wild, #64:  My “tale-of-the-TAT” is NOT over, however, just because we stopped the mine. You are looking at Herb and @Bobbie Belkin, two of my best friends, dedicated supporters, and avid collectors. They not only purchased a lot of my printwork, but they contributed to many of my projects, especially ones in Alaska. As they had not yet visited the state, 10yrs. after the “victory” of protecting the Tat, they proposed traveling up to see Alaska and specifically wanted to float the river as part of an unofficial “anniversary” celebration. Herb suggested I arrange “the best” guide group and prepare for a “serious” celebratory float. He would cover the cost of the trip and bring Bobbie, their two sons and wives, and some family friends, the Cilios. There would also be enough room for me to invite 3 “entertaining” friends of my choice. Really?? Uh, oh! This is going to get interesting!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @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, August 26, 2015 

NO PEBBLE MINE #154, Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #154, Pictures from Ground Zero:  Back in camp, with boats and gear prepped for the morning, and warm food in our stomachs, we were all excited that for our last night it appeared the weather was lifting and we were going to have one more GREAT evening light show around the #TwinLakes basin. This blog is also going to shift following this post, and resume the fictional tour of southwest Alaska to help you understand the scope of what will be impacted by the proposed #PebbleMine. We have been “on-the-ground” in #LakeCLark NationalPark and Preserve so you can better appreciate what you are looking down upon from the more expansive airplane views AND because Lake Clark is immediately adjacent the proposed mine site, it will definitely be impacted by it. In the next several posts we will "fly" out of this basin to continue our tour, crossing the park and the mine location, and head west to #TikchikStatePark, Alaska’s largest. Stay tuned – if you have enjoyed these images from Lake Clark, YOU ARE NOT GOING TO BELIEVE TIKCHIK, one of the MOST AMAZING places I have ever visited.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

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, August 25, 2015

TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #53
TRACY ARM Wilderness - An Alaskan Kayak "Trip" Through Time, #53:  As always, the scale of the environment was deceptive. The paddle cross-fjord took a surprising amount of time and the still-incoming tidal flow swept us closer to the glacial bay choked with ice in front of the #SouthSawyerGlacier. It was raining and cold but were all coming-on to breakfast and actually sweaty because of the paddling. As we approached the opposing wall, once again the shoreline was more convoluted than it looked to be from camp, and there were many small coves that were quite ice-free and NOT as greatly affected by the current. We hoped this more open water would be an opportunity to get closer to the glacial face than we had the evening before. At least the tide this time would be drawing the ice out as we went in rather than pushing it in all around us.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wilderness #Wilderness #Tongass

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Monday, August 24, 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, August 24, 2015

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #151:
HUDSON RIVER #151:  The #HudsonHighlands are modest, solid-rock mountains, not as high as the #Catskills or the #Adirondacks, but certainly rugged. Mostly likely glacial sculpted long ago, much of this landscape, especially the Highlands, has swales in the rock that have created the swamps, marshes, and lakes. It was not uncommon for larger properties on the east side of the river to have their own small lakes and swimming holes. I would also remind the followers of this blog that posts #8, #10 & #11 feature, #Manitoga, the home of American designer, #RusselWright, which was designed to “be part of the nature around it” and which he constructed at the edge of a pond created in a rock quarry he was reclaiming. Manitoga is another of those remarkable homes tucked away in the forests and vales of the Highlands.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Mandalac Gardens by Robert Glenn Ketchum



From August 11 - September 27, I will be exhibiting new work, MANDALAC GARDENS, at The G2 Gallery in Venice, California. This Constant Contact is background information about my color print-making history in general. and how it has lead me to this new series of "prints." I have also included all 9 of the images that will be in the exhibit, so please give this a read and enjoy the "show."

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Cont., No Pebble Mine by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Continued, 
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.

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Due to the size and quality of the photos included in this blog, and as too many photos tend to slow a blog down, we have opted to host these previous entries on a separate post in order to best optimize your reading experience. Enjoy!

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Wednesday, May 27, 2015 

NO PEBBLE MINE #141, Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #141, Pictures from Ground Zero:   The combination of warmth, good snacks, and a long lens final took hold of me and I slipped into some moments of abstraction. The steep walls that formed the opposite shore of the upper lake were streaked with dark scree, fall colors, and avalanche fields that flowed through them like rivers. I played with this “flat” canvas for a bit, so please indulge me here. Eventually the wind began to pick up, and the saddle became blustery and cold. We closed up our daypacks and headed back downslope toward the lakeshore. Rain returned and some SERIOUS gusts ripped through, however it only made it seem all the more amazing that we were out here: virtually alone in a very large, WILD place, in some marginal weather, at a marginal time of the year. AND we were having a GREAT time! Thank you, @Patagonia, and @HellyHansen! Happy 50th Anniversary to The Wilderness Act! Protect #LakeClarkNationalPark, and SAY NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2015, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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