November 15, 2016 06:30 PM
Stunning images of Albuquerque and surrounding areas aren't hard to come by, but finding them online free of charge is.
That has all changed with www.freeabqimages.com, a new internet database with more than 400 high-quality images anyone can use for any reason. Marble Street Studio did all the hard work capturing the magic.
"It's not just still imagery. It's also video. It's time lapse," said David Murphy, a partner at Marble Street Studio.
Murphy said the site has the potential to be a viral marketing tool.
"The average person may not be able to have the budget to afford to create this kind of imagery, which, again, is why we want to put it out there for free where people can access this kind of quality," Murphy said.
So what's the catch? There isn't one. The project didn't cost the taxpayers a dime.
"Grand total is $310,000. City EDAct [Economic Development Action Account] funds paid for $150,000 and the private sector came in with $160,000," Murphy said.
Both the City of Albuquerque and Marble Street say they hope people from all walks of life get a chance to use the free photos.
"It's a great start from the beginning to the end from the movie maker to the student and most importantly for the entrepreneur," said Gilbert Montaño, chief of staff for Albuquerque Mayor Richard Berry’s office.
Updated: November 15, 2016 06:30 PM
Created: November 15, 2016 05:25 PM
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