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Striking Scenes Of Naked Freedom Shot In The American Desert

Striking Scenes Of Naked Freedom Shot In The American Desert image

Striking Scenes Of Naked Freedom Shot In The American Desert

Jim Managan's series “Bedu” is the third installment of his rebirth series. This time, he takes us deep into the desert to discover what it means to be a desert dweller, naked and devoid of personal possessions.

"We are so increasingly overloaded by digital stimulation; These projects represent the antithesis of that," says the photographer.

"The idea is to strip every material possession from the people who participate and allow them to not only reconnect with nature in a very uninhibited way, but, also, with one another in a way that social hierarchies, stereotypes and anything that might cause preconceived notions toward any individual in the group completely goes away. " he adds.

"There becomes an understanding of one another in a way that people aren't generally able to attain in mainstream society."

The idea is to strip every material possession from the people who participate and allow them to not only reconnect with nature in a very uninhibited way, but, also, with one another...

The name of the series, "Bedu" is a reference to the word “Bedouin”, a name for nomadic people who live away from society in the desert. There, they have their own community and way of life.

In a way, the series mimics Mangan's own creative journey. A few years ago, after experiencing burn-out, the artist quit his job and sold everything to become a full-time photographer. And though it was difficult, this move away from traditional society was the best decision he ever made.

"Creatively, emotionally and financially this is by far the most difficult challange I've ever had," he says. "That all being said I think it was and is the right choice. I've never learned so much about myself. There's been so many lows and fewer, but such rewarding highs."

Find more of Mangan's magnificent travel photos on Tumblr.

Via Ingnant & Hot Shoe International

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