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To create his new series “BLAST,” Jim Mangan collaborated
with rally-car driver Ken Block to create photographs of
dust patterns in the remote Utah desert. BY CONOR RISCH
IT’S DIFFICULT to look at “BLAST,” Jim Mangan’s new series of
photographs, without imagining the noise. Mangan and his friend,
rally-car driver Ken Block, collaborated on the project—Block
tearing around the desert in his off-road racecar, kicking up dirt,
and Mangan hovering overhead in a helicopter, making color and
black-and-white 35mm film photographs of the temporary shapes
and patterns Block created.
The stretch of the Utah desert where Mangan made the
photographs—which were published as a book by Dashwood and
exhibited in January at 205A gallery in New York—sits between
Capitol Reef National Park and Goblin Valley State Park. The area is
mostly empty but for a few country roads and trails. It’s so remote,
ABOVE: An image from Jim Mangan’s series, “BLAS T.” “The initial idea was to put the
landscape in motion and present the images in an abstract way,” Mangan says.