Bedu by Jim Mangan
Bedu begins with an ending: a violent car explosion in the desert. The group of friends inside flees, leaving behind all their possessions and narrowly escaping into a mysterious wall of swirling sand and dirt. Shot in Utah’s Little Sahara Desert, Bedu is the final project in artist Jim Mangan’s trilogy on rebirth. In a story told through 35 mm and instant photography, the group of friends passes through this exploding curtain of dirt to find themselves in an inexplicable alternate reality, where they literally become the substance of sand. Ultimately, Bedu is a story about the baptismal power of walking away from it all.
Bedu earned Mangan the 2013 Gold LeadAward from the Lead Academy in Hamburg, Germany