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Flights of Fancy: Paul Chaplo Talks about His Aerial Photos of the Llano Estacado

"Lighthouse Peak"—Paul Chaplo ©2020 ";s

Credit Paul Chaplo ©2020
"Flying behind the Storm"

Thanks so much to aerial photographer Paul Chaplo for speaking with High Plains Morning today, sharing some insight and passion about his current photo exhibit on display at the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum (PPHM): Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado Country. Making its premiere at PPHM, the exhibit features Paul’s aerial photography of the High Plains of the Llano Estacado. It will be on display through January 23. Hear our full interview here:

About the exhibit: You’ll see rugged escarpments and breaks in Texas, New Mexico, and Oklahoma. It’s on the second floor in PPHM’s Bivins Gallery for an almost six-month showing and includes 38 large-scale color photographs taken during Chaplo’s aerial expeditions over nearly 40,000 square miles of land. Chaplo has an accompanying book titled, Amarillo Flights: Aerial Views of Llano Estacado Country, scheduled to be published by Texas A&M University Press in late 2020, as part of the West Texas A&M University’s “American Wests” series. The art book features over 130 aerial color photographs. The book includes an introduction by Walt Davis and a series preface by Bonney MacDonald.

About the Artist: Paul Chaplo earned his Master of Fine Arts degree in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. His work has been nationally exhibited at numerous museums and galleries including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the National Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C.  His commercial work focuses on energy, railroad, architecture, engineering, and aerial photography in Texas, New Mexico, Louisiana, and Oklahoma. 
ABOUT PPHM: :Located on the campus of West Texas A&M University, the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum is the largest history museum in Texas, with more than 285,000 square feet—and over two million artifacts—dedicated to preserving this area’s past. PPHM offers visitors a chance to step into panhandle history with special exhibits, a permanent collection, Pioneer Town, cell phone tours, educational tours and special events. For more information about PPHM, please visit them online.

Jenny Inzerillo joined HPPR in 2015 as the host of High Plains Morning, our live music program that airs weekdays at 9 am to noon CST. Broadcasting from KJJP in beautiful downtown Amarillo, she helps listeners wake up with inspired music from our region and beyond. Tune in for new voices in folk/Americana, deep cuts from your favorite artists, soulful tracks from singer/songwriters across the world, and toe-tapping classics dating as far back as the 1920s. Plus, discover underground greats that just might be your new favorite band.