Item Number: 1602LR
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ABOUT THE IMAGE:
So simple and yet visually magnetic, Great Gray Owl
is a poignant illustration of Thomas D. Mangelsen the naturalist taking stock of many different moving parts in a big landscape and distilling their essentials down to a freeze frame moment of exquisite clarity. Notably, it is this early picture that put Mangelsen on the map as an emerging fine art photographer.
Serving as a touchstone, the image is counted among his classics. For hours, Mangelsen watched this aerial hunter seeking mice and voles along a fringe of forestland and sagebrush in the northeastern corner of Grand Teton National Park. “The setting—the Great Gray perched in an aspen after it had just eaten a mouse, set against a shallow abstracted background—gave me the opportunity to create an interesting composition with my 600 mm lens,” he says. At the time of its release, Great Gray Owl
was among the first owl photographs available as decorative fine art and it promptly sold out.
“I discovered quickly that the rest of the world loves owls as much as I do. It gives me great satisfaction to hear how the image has a place of prominence in the homes and offices of collectors,” the photographer says. “Although many equate me and my work with large mammals and panoramic landscapes, my first passion was birds. Every single species has a sublime beauty all its own.”