With several decades of professional sports photography under his belt, Sports Illustrated freelancer Brad Mangin has captured monumental moments in various World Series, All-Star, and Super Bowl games. When Mangin started using his iPhone to capture off-moments, however, it gave him a new lease on an old game. In Mangin's upcoming book "Instant Baseball: The Baseball Instagrams of Brad Mangin" (available in late April), the seasoned Bay Area shooter looks back at the 2012 Major League Baseball season as seen through the funky filters of the Instagram iPhone app. The book takes the reader on a stylish journey from spring training through the World Series, but we've also thrown in a few choice shots from Mangin's Instagram account.
In an interview with Crave, Mangin recalls his humble beginnings with the photo app: "I started using Instagram at spring training in February 2012, when I was on assignment for Sports Illustrated in Arizona. I was simply having fun photographing everyday objects in and around the game of baseball, as well as some of the players. I loved the social-network aspect of Instagram. Sharing pictures in real time with my friends and followers was fun for me. Being able to show people what is happening, right now -- just like Twitter but with a nice photograph -- opened up an entire new world to me."
In this image, two fans look over the roster for an early-March spring training game between the Brewers and the Cubs in Mesa, Ariz.
March 30, 2013 12:01 AM PDT
Photo by: Brad Mangin
| Caption by: Christopher MacManus
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