Park City’s Main Street is lined with galleries. Visitors can view and purchase work from masters in a variety of disciplines. One such master is Thomas D. Mangelsen. Mangelsen’s work, found at his Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery at 364 Main Street, allows visitors of all ages the opportunity see nature as Mangelsen does. His fine art photography enables us to experience nature in its natural habitat.
As a resident of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Mangelsen has been photographing wildlife for the nearly 50 years. He began his career inspired by wildlife artist Robert Bateman and the idea that he could use the camera to introduce wildlife as artwork. He quickly introduced his photography to the public selling prints in airport kiosks in the 70s. He opened his first gallery in Jackson Hole, Wyoming in 1978 and opened the Park City gallery in 1985. With a total of eight galleries supporting his work, he spends the majority of his time traveling to expand his portfolio.
We stopped by the gallery to learn more about Mangelsen’s fine art photography Gallery Director, Eric Erlenbusch, a skilled photographer himself, told us a little more about Mangelsen’s artistic direction, what he loves about Park City, and what not to miss at the gallery this season.
Eric describes Mangelsen’s work as approachable, family-friendly photography. His longstanding presence on Main Street brings visitors back year after year. While most of the work is limited edition, there are open edition prints allowing all budgets the opportunity to appreciate Mangelsen’s work. The gallery offers greeting cards starting at $2.95 and prints starting at $100. Mangelsen is an active, working photographer, which means the gallery continues to receive new releases to show along with work from his 50-year career.
Currently in the gallery are nine images from Mangelsen’s Legacy Reserve Collection showcasing a combination of his personal favorites and work that has defined his career. These photographs are museum style pieces and part of a traveling exhibition that will be displayed across North America and Europe through 2022. For more information visit http://www.mangelsen.com/museum. The show will hang in Park City through February.
Mangelsen himself will be at the gallery for a reception in March. The public is invited to attend but is asked to call the gallery ((435) 649-7598) to be included on the guest list.
As an active photographer himself, Erlenbusch enjoys the balance the gallery brings to his work and life. He finds inspiration in surrounding himself with Manglesen’s imagery and the people who relate to his work. As a resident of Utah for six years, Erlenbush’s work focuses on nature throughout Utah. His goal with photography is to enlighten others, introduce viewers to something they have never seen before, and perhaps offer a different perspective on an everyday item. You can follow Erlenbush’s work @sageroamer on Instagram.
Erlenbusch enjoys working in Historic Park City because of the community. He says Main Street is the core of Park City. He enjoys being able to introduce Park City to people from across the world. Speaking of Park City, he points out that as a nature enthusiast Park City allows him to balance who he is and surrounds him with nature. “Historic Park City is nature. Nature is a part of Historic Park City.”
Surrounded by beautiful photography captured from remote areas across the world talking to Erlenbusch about the philosophy of Manglesen’s photography was a delight. We leave you with two takeaways –