Friday, July 25, 2014

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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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Weekly Post: TATSHESHINI: Saving a River Wild

TATSHESHINI: 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, July 23, 2014

TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #7
TATSHENSHINI: Saving a River Wild, #7: We were still in #Canada, but in a very short time the #river had taken us from the #tundra into the #mountains, and for the rest of the trip these #summits would just keep getting larger, more abrupt, and more ice covered. These two #granite #domes are across the river from the #beaver #ponds and quite impressive in scale. Many of the early #ranges we will encounter are without snow or ice and look like they could be "walked-up" above the #forest line - the problem always seemed to be getting through the forest, streams, and rivers just to get to the rock! The select places we would camp were chosen because they allowed us some special access, hike, or view. We would learn that sometimes just finding the spot to land the boats was challenging.
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, July 23, 2014 


NO PEBBLE MINE #97 Pictures from Ground Zero:
NO PEBBLE MINE #97, Pictures from Ground Zero:  #Katmai National Park and Preserve is around 4-MILLION acres, of which 3.3-million is designated #wilderness, SO HAPPY 50TH ANNIVERSARY TO THE WILDERNESS ACT!  Katmai is one of its crown jewels. Home to 2,000+ bear, countless other animals, millions of birds and fish, the #Alagnak (a designated National Wild and Scenic River), dozens of volcanoes (many of which are active), and a massive fault zone.  Katmai is the SIZE OF TWO YELLOWSTONES, and one of the least-disturbed wild places on the planet. It would seem the largest industrial open-pit #copper and #cyanide #gold-leach #mining complex in the world would make a VERY inappropriate neighbor.  SAY NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!  Protect the habitat and fishery of #BristolBay.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Tuesday, July 22, 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, July 22, 2014

San Ignacio Lagoon: SAVED For the Whales! #82:
SAN IGNACIO WHALES #82: Over the next decade, #NRDC and its "friends" would build a remarkable #campaign against the idea of permitting #Mitsubishi from building an industrial salt complex in #SanIgnacioLagoon. NRDC would also begin a unique role helping to develop new, more renewable, and sustainable economic resources for those that lived in and around the lagoon. One of those engines of this new economy was the seasonal visit of the #whales, and so several more-permanent camps replaced the temporary tent camps that we first inhabited. I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to return during this time to witness the change. These small cabins are FAR more comfortable on cold, blustery nights than a tent, and NOTHING has changed the beauty of the bay. The chair and cold beer still await...
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd #SanIgnacioLagoon @NRDC @AudubonMagazine @RobertKennedyJr @PierceBrosnan @JMCousteau @HomeroAridjis @ProNaturaMexico @PentaxOnline @FujiFilmUS


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Monday, July 21, 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 21, 2014

THE HUDSON RIVER AND THE HIGHLANDS #94:
HUDSON RIVER #94: While I certainly appreciated #LIFE's editors selecting my image for their special issue and suggesting it was comparable to a painting from the #HudsonRiverSchool, what was actually being acknowledged were the common bonds I shared with the #painters. WE had chosen to work outside the #studio and actually BE in the subject we were rendering, AND we both had an affinity for #color and the radiance of #light to be found in the humid #environment of the river valley. I am not sure if the painters recognized that the #textures of #foliage within their #paintings were due to the #Hudson valley's astounding #biodiversity, but they were -- and more recent science had taught me that -- so my #images capitalized on it. As did my large format #camera, defining every leaf and limb with a clarity impossible to #paint.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2014, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd @Wallacefdn @Aperturefnd @PentaxOnline
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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.

Orvis Supports No Pebble Mine

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