CODY COBB — Interview
Photographer, motion designer and traveler originally from Louisiana.
Hello Cody Cobb, how are you?
Greetings, I’m doing well. I just finished packing for a backpacking trip to the island of Maui.
Can you introduce yourself?
I am a photographer and motion designer originally from Louisiana. Sometimes I live in Seattle, other times in a 1995 Subaru station wagon or tent somewhere in the American West.
Where does your interest in photography come from?
I’ve always enjoyed exploring new environments. Photography is my most effective way to document these experiences, though it’s never been my primary goal. I’m into long walks in the woods more than anything.
Why did you focus your work on landscape photography?
Growing up, I was mostly interested in abandoned buildings and urban exploration but my options for this were limited after I moved to Seattle. I started spending more time outdoors and became comfortable spending days and eventually weeks at a time outside. The vastness and variety of the wilderness in Washington alone provides an endless number of places to explore.
Is there any series that you have done and that you enjoyed more than others?
The four weeks I spent alone in the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California is an adventure that I remember most vividly. The terrain was unlike anything I’d ever encountered. I fell into a peaceful daily rhythm, constantly moving from sunrise to sunset. I walked 15 to 20 miles a day, hiking up passes in excess of 11,000 feet, across endless fields of shattered granite and through forests of ancient bristlecone pines.
What inspires and influences you?
Learning about new places that I never knew existed. Visually, I’m inspired by the painters Albert Bierstadt and Henri Rousseau as well as crappy Bryce 3D renderings. There are also so many incredible photographers I’ve come across online who continually inspire me. Reuben Wu, Alex Gaidouk and Will Govus are a few I follow closely.
Which books are on your bedside table?
Philip K. Dick’s Ubik.
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Photographs ©Cody Cobb.