Thursday, November 20, 2014

"These stunning images of one of the most sparsely populated and least visited regions of North America are not your typical coffee table book pretty pictures. In Marfa Flights: Aerial Views of Big Bend Country, Paul Chaplo, a classically trained visual artist who also happens to be a professional photographer, found and composed out of this swirlingly violent and bone-dry landscape something wondrous and haunting. Photographed from a single engine airplane, at various times of day, the land and sky and jewel-like ribbons of water come alive with form, muscle, and color.”

— C.M. Mayo, author of Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California

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Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Paul Chaplo presenting Marfa Flights talk at the Center for Big Bend Studies Annual Conference this Friday

Alpine, TX If you love the Big Bend, the CBBC Annual Conference is a must-attend! Join Celia Bell, Mary Bones, and yours truly for an exciting session that covers a lot of Big Bend turf and history with illustrated talks punctuated with amazing pictures!

Where: Sul Ross University, Alpine, TX
Friday, November 7
1:30—3:00 P.M.

Session 5, Room C
Chair: Rick Hendricks
Timekeeper: John Jorgensen

Cecilia Bell
Josephine Clifford: 1866 Trails to Fort Bayard

Mary Bones
Early Aerial Photography of the Big Bend

Paul V. Chaplo
Marfa Flights: Aerial Views of Big Bend Country

The session will be followed by a book-signing by Paul Chaplo on the Morgan University Center mezzanine. Books will be for sale, and proceeds help support the Museum of the Big Bend.

I am looking forward to hearing Mary Bones speak on the topic of early aerial photography of the Big Bend. W.D. Smithers is one of my heroes; would love to fly in a vintage DH-4! Remember to see the my Marfa Flights exhibit next door in the Museum of the Big Bend! There you can see the original photographs from the book and more! All the original photographs are for sale, and a portion of the proceeds help the Museum of the Big Bend.