There’s something in Jim Mangan’s story that we can all relate to. He was a young boy from Illinois who fell in love snowboarding and most of all, the mountains of Utah. His path must have seemed obvious—as a sponsored snowboarder, working within the industry was a natural transition, but as time went on, he knew it wasn’t for him. Taking a huge leap of faith, he followed a much deeper impulse. He left an unfulfilling job to pursue another, less certain path.
Using film, his friends, and the patterns and textures of Utah’s geological wonder, he began his own process of creative and professional rebirth. Incidentally, rebirth was also the thematic centre for his first photographic project trilogy: Winter’s Children, Color’d and Bedu.
Mangan’s photographs are figuratively and metaphorically naked: they strip away, they bare themselves, they show you how liberating letting go can really be.
We had a conversation with Mangan through mail and skype to find out more about his journey, process and inspirations. Read it here.