I once heard the Dalai Lama say in lecture that each second we live is a new reincarnation. New York-based photographer Jim Mangan seems to embrace this idea on a very fundamental level. Mangan explores the cycles of life in his dharma-influenced photographs—birth, death and rebirth being the central themes.
I made eight photographs of different men in my neighborhood. I gave each man a hand-gun and asked him to make an action pose. In our contemporary state of affairs every action is a performance. We are inundated with an endless repetition of imagery. We find ourselves re-watching what we have already seen, whether it be another episode of CSI or the endless 24-hour news cycle of conflict around the globe. We are constantly looking at the same picture: a guy with a gun.