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Photograph by Dan Mangan

These images explore the nuances of form, line, geometrical symmetry, light and shadow. Several are painterly expressions emphasizing color and tonal relationships more often seen in a painting rather than a photograph. 

Cromático, Desert Southwest. Photograph by Dan Mangan
The House of Euclid. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Moored Canoes, Chesapeake and Ohio Canal. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Ephemera, Summer Twilight. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Canoes and Kayaks, Autumn. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Bending to the Sea Wind, Cape Henlopen. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Aspen in Winter. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Helios. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Looking Out Into the Land of Oz. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Ringling Mansion, Sarasota. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Water Dreaming of Plants ... Plants Dreaming of Water . Photograph by Dan Mangan
Under the Pyramid, Musée du Louvre. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Dahlia in Flame. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Medusa I: Variation on a Theme by Dale Chihuly. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Black Walnut in Autumn. Photograph by Dan Mangan

Appearing fleetingly on our visual margins and seemingly oblivious to our presence, they are the closest to the truly wild we may ever encounter. Yet for most of us, they are always present either by sight or earshot.

They are the birds, which combine wondrous aerodynamics with an astonishing diversity of color, form, feather, and function.  As a class, they are remarkable accomplishments of evolution and sheer survival -- the only scientifically verified descendents of dinosaurs. Yet they are necessarily light in weight to enable flight: the common American robin weighs in at just three ounces, the hummingbird less than a quarter of an ounce.  As an attentive bird observer for 40 years, I look on birds as unbidden gifts, allowing me an intriguing subject for photography. 

Snow Geese Rising. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Great Egret Alighting. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Black-chinned Hummingbird in Palo Verde Tree. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Pileated Woodpecker. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Snowy Egret. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Ruby-Throated Hummingbird on Bee Balm. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Eastern Bluebird. Photograph by Dan Mangan
American Goldfinch. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Northern Cardinal, Female. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Wood Duck. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Field Sparrow on Eastern Redbud. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Great Egret in Tall Marsh Grass
Black Swan. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Brown Pelican in Flight. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Brown Pelican in Pastel Twilight, Gulf of Mexico. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Red Cardinal in Blue Snow. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Into the Winter Wind: Northern Cardinal. Photograph by Dan Mangan
White Pelicans in Repose. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Languid Noon: Double-Crested Cormorants. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Common Terns, Maryland Eastern Shore. Photograph by Dan Mangan
In the Marsh: Northern Shoveler Ducks. Photograph by Dan Mangan

This gallery interprets landscapes and waterscapes in the American West: Hawaii, California, Nevada, and Utah ... and the American East: the Chesapeake Bay region, North Carolina's Outer Banks, and my home in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. 

Road to Deep Time: Valley of Fire, Nevada. Photograph by Dan Mangan
A Stillness in January: Henry Spangler Farm, Gettysburg – Right Flank of Pickett's Charge. Photograph by Dan Mangan
In the Clouds of Heaven, Zion. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Deep Summer, Gettysburg. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Flaming October, Appalachian Foothills. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Onion Snow, Early April. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Three Cedars in Blossom Time. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Pinnacles of Fire, Utah. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Under the Napa Sun. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Virgin River, Zion. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Maui, North Shore. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Windsurfing, North Shore of Maui. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Sundown in Corolla. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Approaching Storm, Pahranagat Refuge, Nevada
Autumn  Noir: Little Round Top, Gettysburg. Photograph by Dan Mangan

Parisians simply have panache. I love to roam their wondrous city and photograph them in the wild.

Pavement Artist, Musée du Louvre. Photograph by Dan Mangan
La Coupe d'Or, Rue Saint-Honoré. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Woman in Red Chiffon, Boulevard des Capucines. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Incongruité, Rue d'Alger. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Running on Air, Jardin des Tuileries. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Working the Lunch Crowd: Rue Saint-Honoré. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Repose in Red and White, Rue de l'Echelle, Paris, Rue de l'Echelle. Photograph by Dan Mangan
The Gallic Woman, Rue de Rivoli. Photograph by Dan Mangan
The Gallic Man, Île de la Cité.  Photograph by Dan Mangan
Café, Rue d'Arcole. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Red-haired Boy with Bouquet. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Waiter, Jardin des Tuileries. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Doing the Louvre with Grand-papa. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Île de la Cité. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Red Sneakers. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Red Hair, Red Shoes. Photograph by Dan Mangan

Here, my photographic tribute to those who call England home. The country's visual appeal starts with its rich history, literally set in stone: structures ranging from the humble to the monumental are everywhere to be found, so ancient they're practically one with the geology. The fabled English Empire's reach once extended into every corner of the planet, her colonies governed from one of the world's first supercities. Yet it is the English countryside which comes to mind when one thinks of a more placid, measured life. To us, their American cousins, their myriad idiosyncrasies and prodigious breadth of dialects and customs are at once baffling -- yet somehow familiar. What's more, these characteristics can be readily interpreted in visual form. This is what I try to present here.

Tate Modern, Southwark, London. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Waiting for the Bus in Oxford. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Ticketmen, Oxford. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Marching to Work in Windsor.  Photograph by Dan Mangan
Old Compton Street, Soho.  Photograph by Dan Mangan
The Pleasure Lounge, Soho. Photograph by Dan Mangan
The Outing. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Heading Home in Chelsea. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Here's to the Ladies: Old Compton Street, Soho. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Waiting for the Parade, London. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Yeoman Warder, Chapel Royal of St. Peter in Chains. Photograph by Dan Mangan
In Her Majesty's Service: Pride Parade, Piccadilly.  Photograph by Dan Mangan

The people of Nicaragua are its strength. An American friend tells me why he repeatedly returns to this small, mostly poor Central American place: namely, to re-connect to the human race. Here is a brief photographic chronicle of the rich vein of humanity permeating this intriguing country.

Girl In Wrought Iron Window, León. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Teenage Girls on Street, León. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Boy on Blue Bicycle, León. Photograph by Dan Mangan
A Fine Saddle, Rural Nicaragua.  Photograph by Dan Mangan
Young Boy, Santa Rosa del Peñón. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Old Woman, Santa Rosa del Peñón. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Bisabuela, Santa Rosa del Peñón. Photograph by Dan Mangan
The Way Home, Rural Nicaragua. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Dancer, Santa Rosa del Peñon. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Young Woman, Santa Rosa del Peñon. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Country Midwife and Her Charges. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Young Father and Child. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Drive Time Radio. Photograph by Dan Mangan

When photography became something more than just a casual pastime for me, botanicals and florals were the conduit.  With their geometric symmetry and limitless color nuance, they remain a core focus of my art. 

Kogana Fubuki. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Two Begonias. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Dahlia Nuanced. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Vapor. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Rosa IV. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Yellow Iris.  Photograph by Dan Mangan
Papillon I
Dahlia Awakening. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Falling Through the Milky Way. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Three Red Petals. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Going Home, Beacon Hill. Photograph by Dan Mangan
Prom Night. Photograph by Dan Mangan

Old barns are the standing stones of the American countryside, relics of a time when working farms overspread the land like a patchwork quilt. These structures remain integral to our national consciousness, resolute reminders that hard work in close contact with the earth, productivity, and ingenuity are essential elements of the American character. The "Pennsylvania Barn" has earned a particular distinction. From the mid-1700s until roughly 1900, immigrant farmers and their descendents introduced to Pennsylvania the functional genius of their familiar German and Swiss farm architecture, a form eventually adopted by farmers well beyond the borders of Pennsylvania.  Not only did form follow function. The barns were simply beautiful.

Many of these barns have vanished along with their farms, but thankfully many remain.  Today there is a growing commitment to preserve and if possible restore these cultural and architectural treasures. This gallery contains images of several of these structures, built over 150 years ago, all save one in the immediate vicinity of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Standing in the midst of the horrific Civil War battle, they afterwards provided shelter to the wounded.  These structures form an honorable chapter in the telling of the American narrative. As such, and as works of art in their own right, I gratefully include them here.

Joseph Sherfy Board and Batten Barn. Photograph by Dan Mangan
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