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Announcement: All Black and White exhibit at the Anderson Abruzzi International Balloon Museum

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We interrupt my current series of posts about Rockport for a special announcement.

The background

Back in 2019, when we attended the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, the city of Albuquerque was running a photo contest. The theme? Zebras – the launch directors who make sure hot air balloons launch safely and successfully at the Balloon Fiesta. I made sure I captured photos of the zebras as I captured other events and submitted after the Balloon Fiesta was over.

In January 2020, I heard that all my photos were selected for a digital display / slideshow at an upcoming exhibit. It was supposed to happen in summer 2020, but COVID. I didn’t hear anything more, until yesterday. I received an email from the city of Albuquerque inviting me to the Grand Opening of the All Black and White exhibit on Thursday, July 29, from 6:30 – 8:00 Mountain time. I can’t go, but the exhibit will be on display through Summer 2022. I am hoping we’ll get a chance to visit Albuquerque before the exhibit is done.

The photos

I submitted 5 photos, and all 5 were accepted.

Pilot Ken Sklute talking to a zebra at a Night Magic Glow event.

You may recognize Ken, he’s the hot air balloon pilot who graciously allowed me to shadow him on Day 5 of the 2019 Balloon Fiesta. You can also see some video here.

Two zebras watching a hot air balloon launch.
A zebra blowing a whistle and moving the crowd back right before a launch.
A zebra running on the field.
One of the zebras talking to the crowd at the gas balloon inflation event on Day 3.

While my photos are not the star of the exhibit, I’m thrilled to be included among the photos in the slideshow at the exhibit. If you get a chance, go see the exhibit! Let me know if you end up going.

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