ARTS & CULTURE
10/07/2012 07:02 am ET Updated Oct 07, 2012

Dale Chihuly As A Young Man: From Camel Riding Tourist To Eyepatch-Wearing Glassblower (PHOTOS)

Do you recognize this cheery young artist, rocking adorable dimples and a Fair Isle sweater while taking a leisurely donkey ride round the Turkish desert?

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Dale Chihuly, Traveling in Turkey, 1963

It's glassblowing tour de force Dale Chihuly at the ripe age of 22. This photograph was taken four years before Chihuly graduated with a BS in sculpture, five years before he he studied glass in Venice on a Fulbright Fellowship and 13 years before the tragic car accident that would leave Chihuly blinded in one eye. See a more recent picture of Chihuly below.

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If you are a fan of the professional glassblower, and amateur donkey-rider, be sure to check out his new exhibition when it hits the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts on October 20. See a preview of the exhibition below:

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