The story behind Mangelsen’s masterwork: “Light in the Forest”
Each month we will bring you moments from Mangelsen’s adventures in the field.
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The Legacy Reserve Collection represents some of the most meaningful moments in my life.

Mangelsen's masterwork titled Light in the Forest from his Legacy Reserve Collection
Light in the Forest was photographed in 1998 in Bandhavgarh National Park, Madhya Pradesh, India

The humid jungles around Madhya Pradesh in central India have long attracted a larger than life reputation for being home to man-eating Bengal tigers, but is the fear associated with them really deserved? Most of us in the Western world know of Panthera tigris tigris only from reading classic adventure stories or by seeing the magnificent striped cats in zoos and circus menageries. Thomas D. Mangelsen has always wanted to witness them firsthand in their wild native habitat.

Bengal tigers today are among the most imperiled large predators on Earth and scientists predict they could vanish from the wild by the middle of this century. With this acclaimed image, Mangelsen portrays a young tigress born into a legendary bloodline of big cats. “Tigers possess an unmatched mystique because of their beauty, elusiveness and size,” he says, “but so often, as with African lions, North American grizzlies and other large predators, tigers have been misunderstood. I wanted Light in the Forest to serve as a visual meditation, a reminder that tigers are incredible sentient beings worthy of our respect, reverence and protection.”

Mangelsen captured "Light in the Forest" while riding on the back of an elephant.

Critics point to this seductive masterwork as further evidence of Mangelsen’s uncanny ability to create remarkable compositions even under challenging conditions. As a result, his work is featured in publications like National Geographic and has earned him prestigious honors such as BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year.

The Legacy Reserve Collection represents some of the most meaningful moments in my life.
Add a Mangelsen masterwork to your art collection Tour dates for Mangelsen's A LIFE IN THE WILD traveling museum exhibition

The Legacy Reserve Collection represents some of the most meaningful moments in my life.

When you acquire a Legacy Reserve Collection masterwork, you and a guest will be invited to join Mangelsen to witness one of the greatest wildlife phenomena in North America, the ancient migration of hundreds of thousands of sandhill cranes, and other migratory birds who visit each spring along the famous Platte River in Nebraska.

Travel back in time to the river banks and family cabin where Mangelsen began his photography career. It is where Tom learned animal behavior and most importantly patience from his father, who heavily influenced his love of nature and life outdoors. You will be joined by world-famous ornithologist, Foundations Regent Professor Emeritus and Tom’s lifelong friend and mentor, Dr. Paul Johnsgard.

This three-day VIP experience will take place in March of 2019 and is limited to only 10-16 guests. Visit a gallery or contact Customer Support at 800-228-9686.


Mangelsen's A LIFE IN THE WILD traveling museum exhibition begins in September 2018
Mangelsen's A LIFE IN THE WILD traveling museum exhibition begins in September 2018

UPCOMING GALLERY EVENTS:

May 25 | Park City, Utah: Gallery Stroll from 6-9pm
Come enjoy light refreshments and stroll through some of the best art galleries in the West. Free and open to the public. Tom will not be appearing at this event.

June 1 | Omaha, Nebraska: Gallery Walk from 6-9pm
First Friday is a free event celebrating local creativity in Omaha's most historic neighborhood. Be serenaded by live music as you stroll Old Market's distinctive brick streets. Stop in for a map of participating galleries. Tom will not be appearing at this event.

June 1 | Steamboat Springs, Colorado: Gallery Walk from 5-8pm
Take a walking tour of Steamboat's Art Galleries and alternative art venues. Free and open to the public. Our Mangelsen – Images of Nature Gallery is a must stop. Tom will not be appearing at this event.

June 2 | La Jolla, California: Artist Reception & Saving the Wild benefit
Come meet Thomas D. Mangelsen and support rhino and elephant conservation! Join Tom and founder of Saving the Wild, Jamie Joseph at the Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery in La Jolla, California.

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Traveling Museum Exhibition | Thomas D. Mangelsen: A Life in the Wild