There was no school today, and normally I would have cherished the opportunity to sleep in past the crack of dawn instead of waking up teenage boys. However, the Preakness Balloon Festival is going on just a few minutes from where I live, and a “mass ascension” was scheduled for 6:00 AM. How could I pass that up? So much floating fabric and color!
When I arrived at the fairgrounds at 5:40 AM(yes, you read that correctly) it appeared that perhaps only two balloons were going to be involved. I was a little deflated (haha).
I didn’t realize how quickly a hot air balloon could be inflated, and by 6:00 more than ten balloons were nearly ready to take off.
I knew that I would not create photos of entire balloons, or even several entire balloons together, that would be in any way unique or memorable to me. Instead, I decided to study the color, line, and construction. After all, part of the fascination of the balloons is their shape, which is definitely related to the stitching used to create them.
Some of the balloons flew right over head, giving an entirely different perspective, and revealing more of the construction details.
I came away with all kinds of inspiration. It’s remarkable that the unique nature of fabric, and it’s ability to be sculpted by stitch, can result in such beautiful creations. Kind of like quilts, hmmm?
And, of course, it was lovely when the balloons took off and flew towards the sunrise.