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“My toes are dancing in my boots. It’s coming down hard! My fingers are on the verge of mutiny as the cold creeps in. I can see my breath as I take the first picture; adjusting the depth of field to get the trees in the foreground into focus. Snow keeps blowing into my lens so I wipe it off and check it before each exposure. As it floats down from the white blanket in the sky it hides the monoliths that I am here to record. If only the snow would hold up for just a second. It’s 6:58 a.m. and I’ve been up since 5:00 a.m. I wish that I had brought some hot tea with me instead of this frozen water tube that’s sticking out of my backpack. And then it happened, the storm cleared for just a second and the Cathedrals were revealed. ” G. Mange
Focusing primarily on a life of mountain adventure and exploration, Gabriel Mange regularly finds himself immersed in wild and scenic places. Gabriel uses photography as a venue to share some of his most intimate encounters with The Sierra Nevada. Raised amidst the natural wonders of the Great Lakes and vast Northern Michigan forests, the Manges were a family of artists. In his youth, Gabe was encouraged to explore the wilderness and to reflect upon what he experienced through different artistic media. His parents provided him with many opportunities in drawing, painting, woodworking, music and other forms of self-expression. Inspired by the beauty of the natural world, he spent much of his time studying the details and recording wild splendors.
In 2004, while Mange was setting his roots into traditional-photography, his father gave him a view camera, and he was hooked. After finishing his studies in the visual arts, Mange hit the ground running. Longing for the majesty of the mountains to further challenge his photographic sensitivities, he set his sights on California’s rugged wilderness John Muir called “The Range of Light.” For years he explored the peaks, passes and trails of the Sierra Nevada, enjoying the sublime beauty the range has to offer. In 2010 he backpacked and photographed for six months and covered over 1700 miles, hiking the entire length of California along The Pacific Crest Trail.
Gabriel’s career as an educator and guide began in 2008 while working as a staff photographer in Yosemite National Park. For the next four years, an experienced and gifted staff of educators and guides helped him to grasp the important historical and social aspects of photography in The Sierra Nevada. As a photography guide, Mange has been able to share with park visitors brilliant moments of light at many stunning locations. Gabriel shares his knowledge and passion for nature and photography in a style that is easy to enjoy and understand for large audiences and individuals.
Winter is Gabe’s favorite season for photography in Yosemite. It provides dramatic atmospheric conditions and lighting that enhance the mystical qualities of the granite landscape. This glacial carved granite valley drew him in back in 2008. After finishing studies in motion picture and photography, he wanted to discover Yosemite’s magic that inspired Carleton Watkins, George Fiske and other icons of Yosemite photography. Entranced by the primordial beauty, he made a life changing decision to stay. A few of Gabe’s passions outside of photography are rock climbing, backpacking, playing mandolin in a local bluegrass band, woodworking, gardening, skiing, natural history and birding. Last, but not least, a lot of Gabe’s passion for the natural world is inspired by his partner Elspeth Hamilton, a talented and uplifting naturalist educator in Yosemite National Park.