By Sierra Dyson
Whatever the case, I encourage you to check out Brandon Mangan, an up and coming Professional photographer with a unique eye and knack for taking some of the most indescribable pictures I have ever seen.
Who is Brandon Mangan, you might ask? He is an extraordinary photographer and artist from Comanche, Texas. Born and raised in San Angelo, Brandon did not move to Comanche until 2014 which just so happens to be the year he began pursuing becoming a professional photographer.
Claiming to be a sort of documentarian his entire life, Brandon states that,
“Having a camera, a notebook and the ability to use them has always been important to me.” He grew up spending a lot of time outdoors and claims, “ the weather and the landscapes I’ve seen have left a big impression on me. I feel tied to them.”
With that being said, he soon realized that he wanted to be able to capture the beauty he saw in the world in a timeless photo that would last a lifetime. With each photo he takes, Brandon tries to convey a sense of gravity and magnitude in his photos, whether they’re of people or places.
When asked about what inspires him, Brandon replied,
“Inspiration is tricky. Most of the time it’s all around me if I’ll just take the time to open up to it. I remember when I was in college reading about John Cage and there was this quote of him saying something to the effect of if something is boring for 2 minutes, try it for 4. If it’s boring for 4, try it for 8, etc.
The point is that if you look at or think about something long enough, you’re almost bound to find something interesting about it, or in this case something that lends inspiration. It’s as much a personal mindset as it is the subject. I think the night sky is my biggest inspiration when it comes to photography, the first time I took a picture of it, I heard a little voice in the back of my head say ‘well, guess I’ll be doing this for the rest of my life’, like it was some sort of reluctant confession.”
Taken in 2016, Brandon’s favorite creation is the photo that captured everything in nature that inspires him to pursue photography and what he talked about above. He had the idea to get a photo of the stars above a field of bluebonnets which he’d found at Proctor Lake. Brandon went out early in the wildflower season to test the idea, (He wanted the Milky Way above them but would have to wait a few weeks for a new moon,) and wound up taking what is probably his most well-known and a
It was a simple depiction of bluebonnets set against the night sky and it seemed to resonate with people as it was shared and seen by over 100,000 people on Facebook. Brandon even had people from other countries messaging him about it!
When asked about his future plans and where he will go from his newfound popularity online, Brandon stated that he will,
“Go wherever the good Lord wills him.” Furthermore, he said, “I have plans and goals but I lean more on the faith that each good choice gets me closer to where I’m supposed to be. I will continue to grow my photography but the livelihood and health of my family is my driving force, they’re my biggest concern and what I shape my life around. If I can take care of that, well the rest is gravy.”
Now that you have heard a little bit more about who he is, the work he does, and what inspires him, I am sure you are dying to hear where you can go to see these photos for yourself.