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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Weekly Post: Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias by Robert Glenn Ketchum

Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias
by Robert Glenn Ketchum

The Yakutat Forelands are where the Tongass rainforest and the Chugach forest to the north meet. It is also home to many large glaciers, a stunning coastline, the huge Alsek-Tatshenshini river, and Icy Bay, which sits at the foot of Mount St. Elias, the greatest vertical rise from sea level in the world. There is a lot of powerful energy out here.



Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Adventuring on the Yakutat Forelands - Bowing before St. Elias, #72:
The Yakutat Forelands, #72:  There is SO much water flowing down past us as we slowly climb up, I have a small internal laugh about how salmon-like our hike has become. By the time we reach the crowning point of the terrace we are traversing, almost every surface is covered by flowing water. Just at the edge of the precipice into the fjord, however, a small mound of accumulated rocks has formed a relatively “dry” island offering the perfect location to have lunch and take in this remarkable world of melting icecaps and emerging landforms. Clearly, there is no shortage of things to observe. There is also an entire chorus of water noises that echo around us carried on the wind. Given all of these things happening, there is still one dominate sound above all the others, and without a doubt, it is also a stunning part of the view. What most of those in this image are looking at, is just out of frame to the right.

photograph(s) © copyright, Robert Glenn Ketchum, 2018, @RbtGlennKetchum, @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Weekly Post, ARCTIC: At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change

ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



In 1993, I began traveling to the Arctic. I have been across The Northwest Passage by yacht; to the North Pole twice; to little-visited Russian islands; and aboard research vessels in Greenland, Labrador, Newfoundland, and Baffin Island, taking the opportunity to visit Iqualuit, the capital of Nunavut, the recently created Inuit nation and territories.





Wednesday, May 23, 2018


ARCTIC:  At the Cutting Edge of Climate Change, #93:
ARCTIC, #93:  As if the vast scope of the ice-covered ocean is not enough, from this aerial perspective I can now begin to see the VERY different ice that has been blown into us by the prevailing winds. These are huge, multi-year icebergs that in many cases are MUCH larger than “Itasca.” We could never “break” through one, and we are too small to push them around. As we drift away from our boat, my helicopter pilot stays down low over the water, maintaining as much visibility as possible, because clouds are streaming through just above us. Our mission on this flight is to scout any hopeful leads towards which “Itasca” might navigate, but all that we find are huge ice islands, with very little open water around them. Flying further toward the James Ross Strait, a crux point of our journey forward, the islands and floes only get bigger and the conditions grow ever less inviting.

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Weekly Post: THE TONGASS: Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees by Robert Glenn Ketchum

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees
by Robert Glenn Ketchum
In 1985, I began a 2-year commission to explore the Tongass rainforest, the largest forest in the United States Forest Service (USFS) system AND the largest temperate rainforest in the world. It was a unique, old-growth environment under siege from industrial logging. The resulting investigative book I published helped to pass the Tongass Timber Reform Bill, protect 1,000,000 acres of old-growth, and create 11 new wilderness areas. This is the story of how that was achieved.




Tuesday, May 22, 2018

THE TONGASS:  Stop the Cut, There are Salmon in the Trees, #91:
THE TONGASS, #91:  At the other end of Ketchikan from the LPK mill at Ward Cove, is the transport yard and processing facilities at Herring Cove. At the time I make this image, this entire site is BADLY maintained, and VERY toxic, and flooding with rain. It is also managed by people extremely sensitive about seeing someone lurking around with a camera, so after I get off about 5 shots, two VERY LARGE "gentlemen" tell me they are “security,” and inform me that I am on private property and may not take pictures. I respond that I am on a public road, and simply taking pictures of the view as any tourist might. Although they are not happy about my failure to depart, they do not leave the gated yard they are in to challenge me further. With images already made, however, I see NO reason to further antagonize them, and leave. Besides, I might end up running in to them in town, so best not to make enemies.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd
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Weekly Post: NO PEBBLE MINE: Pictures from Ground Zero by Robert Glenn Ketchum

NO PEBBLE MINE Pictures from Ground Zero
by Robert Glenn Ketchum



Since 1998, I have been working to protect the spectacular resources of southwest Alaska and the fishery of Bristol Bay. Two Aperture books, a national traveling exhibition, a massive coalition of concerned users, and a lot of personal lobbying, had it looking like we were almost there. Then Donald Trump took office claiming he would always put America, and American jobs first. SO WHY destroy a BILLION-dollar-a-year, RENEWABLE salmon fishery and over 100,000 jobs for a group of international mineral speculators that will leave us with a Superfund site to clean up, and NO fishery left edible? And yet, he did,..so please, keep saying NO TO THE PEBBLE MINE!
~Robert Glenn Ketchum






Tuesday, May 22, 2018 

NO PEBBLE MINE #297, Pictures from Ground Zero
NO PEBBLE MINE #297:  With so many trees now about us, my pilot/guide senses a winter habitat that might offer what he is scouting, moose and bear. He is a trophy bear guide and not hunting moose, but he knows moose choose to winter deep into Wood-Tikchik park, surviving off of the browse, and when the first big male bears (think-trophy) awake hungry from hibernation, they will go hunting those moose. Know where the moose are, you will eventually find a big bear. Well, we are "moosed-up" today! Dropping low over the valley as we draw close to the bare thickets of trees and brush sticking through the snow beneath us, immediately tracks become visible EVERYWHERE. Then, we come upon this. 8 cows (female moose), grazing and sleeping together. Flying farther along, we come upon two more large groups,..they are everywhere! This is Moose-a-potamia! My pilot/guide is very happy, and so am I. This has been an astonishing flight.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd @NRDC @OrvisFlyFishing #NoPebbleMine #LittleBearProd

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Monday, May 21, 2018

Weekly Post: The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get by Robert Glenn Ketchum

by Robert Glenn Ketchum


Growing up my parents had a home near Sun Valley, Idaho. It was there that I learned to ski. Over many years I befriended members of the Decker Flats Climbing and Frisbee Club, with whom I had both life, and art-forming outdoor experiences. I had my camera, and these are my adventures.  Enjoy!!  ~Robert Glenn Ketchum



Monday, May 21, 2018

The Higher You Get, The Higher You Get - Sun Valley and the DFC&FC, #107:
THE HIGHER YOU GET, THE HIGHER YOU GET, #107:  Above Kane Lake is a relatively bug-free world of rock. After the ascent along the edge of the inflow stream and clambering around ledges, a very stoney basin levels off and plunges deeply into the heart of the peak section. What initially appears to be nothing but boulder rubble, turns out to be small gardens surrounded by rockfall. In fact, rock falls ALL the time, and falling rocks can be heard regularly throughout any visit. When the DFC&FC comes up here to play, there are actually many things to do. The Devils Bedstead and Goat Mountain can be free-climbed from here if you have the skills and nerve. There is considerable snow in the narrow chutes that rise above the basin, and they not only provide flowing water to the valley floor, they are staircases for those that want to follow them up. Near the back of the basin, there is also a bonus - one of the biggest boulders you will ever see. Members of the DFC&FC do not have to summit to be challenged, they can practice virtually any kind of climb on this boulder.
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Weekly Post: STONED IMMACULATE: A Trip in the Desert by Robert Glenn Ketchum

STONED IMMACULATE:  A Trip in the Desert
by Robert Glenn Ketchum


As a young photographer, two places I “discovered” by chance greatly influenced both my photographic vision and my personal relationship with the greater planet. A previous blog, LIMEKILN, is the story of the first location. THIS is the second location which I discovered because my car broke down. As Jim Morrison/The Doors wrote, “Out here we is stoned Immaculate!"




Monday, May 21, 2018
“Crystallographic Planes"
circa 1985-1995

Stoned Immaculate, #81:
Immaculate, #81:  from the portfolio, STONED IMMACULATE

photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018, @RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Friday, May 18, 2018

2018 Venice Art Walk Featuring Robert Glenn Ketchum


For more than 20yrs. I have contributed to this event. It is VERY fun!. Because of some significant sales in the past few years, I have been allowed an “oversized” contribution this year, as the committee recognizes my images have amazing detail that is best viewed at a larger scale. “Rivers of Life” is stunning at 40” wide. Come to the Google offices - view all the work being exhibited and auctioned. Eat, drink, be merry, enjoy music, AND bid up my piece. Help support healthcare for all!



Weekly Post: 'The Daze of My Life: Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography'


Biographies are studies of someone's life based on cumulative research. Good ones may reveal something, but probably barely scratch the surface of what actually went on. The internet is allowing me to do something VERY different. 
~Robert Glenn Ketchum




Friday, May 18, 2018

The Daze of My Life:  Robert Glenn Ketchum, An Autobiography #98:
Daze, #98:  Of the many curatorial projects I cultivate when I am in Los Angeles and not on-the-road, one rather unexpectedly takes shape in late 1978. Upon graduating from the master's program at CalArts, I met Sharon Disney and her husband, Bill Lund, and they became supporters of my work, actually inviting me to visit their ranch in Wyoming, where I began my explorations of the Wind River Range. As we have remained friends, we frequently socialize, and over the years since CalArts, Bill has been invited to join the Board of Trustees of the National Park Foundation. As it so happens, one of my curatorial ideas involves the evolution of American landscape photography which I see as interlinked with the creation of our National Park System, and the birth of the American environmental consciousness. At a lunch one afternoon, I tell Bill of the idea, and suggest such an exhibit would be publicly popular, proving of benefit to NPF. Some months later, Bill calls me and says if I can explain how we might proceed with my idea, and project some basic costs, I should fly to DC to meet John Bryant, Director of the NPF, as he is interested. I do, and he is. He also realizes my idea is going to be EXPENSIVE to manifest, so he suggests we should do a “mini-exhibit” for the NPF Board of Trustees, to get them on board with the idea, AND he tells me he will find a place to have such a show in the spring, when the trustees hold their board meeting. He did!
photograph(s) © copyright, ROBERT GLENN KETCHUM, 2018 
@RbtGlennKetchum @LittleBearProd #LittleBearProd

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Remembering Barbara Bush


In 1987, Aperture published my book, 'The Tongass: Alaska’s Vanishing Rain Forest', which was intended to support the proposed Tongass Timber Reform Act. In the ensuing years, I spent much time in DC, exhibiting, lecturing, and lobbying on behalf of the bill’s passage. The most significant timber reform legislation in American history passed in 1990, and was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush. He then invited me to the White House in 1991 to acknowledge my contributions to the effort. For the photo-op, I was ushered into a room to find both he and Barbara awaiting me. We “socialized” while the pictures were being taken, and even in such a brief period, I was struck by Barbara’s presence. The president and I exchanged formalities, and he made sure I knew he had seen the book and knew my story, as I would have expected on this occasion. Barbara, however, was like speaking with my mother, in spite of the fact I am sporting a mohawk, a long ponytail, and a diamond-stud earring, and I am sure she was glad I was not her son. Nonetheless, she wanted to know if I was married, had kids, took them with me, were my adventures scary, did I enjoy sleeping in tents - you know, mom stuff - not a word about the politics of the situation. I have never had anyone make me feel some comfortable, in an otherwise “stiff” situation, so thank you Barbara Bush for meeting with me that day as well, and may you rest in peace.

To further this story a bit, I brought along my newest Aperture book, Overlooked In America: The Success and Failure of Federal Land Management which I gave to the President during the photo-op. Given the title of the book, and the nature of my politics, the President smiled broadly for a picture holding the book, and then put it aside. After speaking with me for awhile, Barbara turned and picked it up, opening it and leafing through the pages, complimenting my pictures and asking about their locations. She was a skillful weaving of necessary Washington formality, and honest, human interest.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

H.R. 232, 115th Congress, 1st Session

"A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest", The Boat Company

A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest

Reprinted with permission from Hunter H. McIntosh, President, The Boat Company

We are living in a time of unprecedented attacks on both public lands and waters, and the agencies that protect them. Without action on the part of all Americans, Republican and Democrat, we stand to lose much of the conservation legacy that has been achieved over the 38 years since The Boat Company was created, not just in Southeast Alaska, but everywhere. And it is no coincidence that this legislation is all coming out rapid fire – the flood of new legislation, not seen in six years, is designed to make it more difficult to meaningfully respond to or organize around any one proposed law.

Monday, September 18, 2017

A Tale of Two Futures: Alaskan Wild Salmon vs. the Pebble Mine by Joel Reynolds, NRDC

A Tale of Two Futures: Alaskan Wild Salmon vs. the Pebble Mine

by Joel Reynolds, Western Director, Senior Attorney, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)
Reprinted with permission by the Author.
Originally published on Huffington Post.

For anyone still unclear about the irreconcilable disconnect between the rich heritage of Alaskans and the overriding financial self-interest of The Pebble Partnership, it was on stunning display in Bristol Bay’s wild salmon fishery this summer.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

"A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest", The Boat Company

A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest

Reprinted with permission from Hunter H. McIntosh, President, The Boat Company

We are living in a time of unprecedented attacks on both public lands and waters, and the agencies that protect them. Without action on the part of all Americans, Republican and Democrat, we stand to lose much of the conservation legacy that has been achieved over the 38 years since The Boat Company was created, not just in Southeast Alaska, but everywhere. And it is no coincidence that this legislation is all coming out rapid fire – the flood of new legislation, not seen in six years, is designed to make it more difficult to meaningfully respond to or organize around any one proposed law.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

"A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest", The Boat Company

A CALL TO ACTION: 115th Congressional Assault on The Tongass National Forest

Reprinted with permission from Hunter H. McIntosh, President, The Boat Company

We are living in a time of unprecedented attacks on both public lands and waters, and the agencies that protect them. Without action on the part of all Americans, Republican and Democrat, we stand to lose much of the conservation legacy that has been achieved over the 38 years since The Boat Company was created, not just in Southeast Alaska, but everywhere. And it is no coincidence that this legislation is all coming out rapid fire – the flood of new legislation, not seen in six years, is designed to make it more difficult to meaningfully respond to or organize around any one proposed law.

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