Based in Seattle but hailing from the South, photographer Cody Cobb seems to make monuments out of moments, celebrating the vastness of nature.
We caught up with Cobb to talk about his process and what compels him to venture into these imposing territories.
Can you tell me a bit about how you became interested in landscape photography?
I’ve been an animator and designer in Seattle, I moved up here from Louisiana and I solely started going further and further outside, camping and hiking, and I sort of began learning what being in the wilderness was and how to be more comfortable out there and then I just started trying to capture that with photography.
I didn’t grow up going outside so it’s kind of a recent discovery. I was inside on a computer as a kid, I didn’t grow up with Boy Scouts or doing outdoor things until I moved up here. It’s just been a good challenge to do landscape photography in a way that does it justice, trying to capture what it feels like to be there and be alone in these really big places.
A lot of your images are really isolated and it seems like you go pretty far out there into the wilderness, how do you choose where you go?
A lot of the places that I shoot are on the way to other [locations], places that I kind of stumble upon. So I’ll have a loose itinerary of things that I want to see, either driving or hiking to a specific spot, but I notice things along the way that are unnamed and not the recognizable shots, but just these little moments that stand out. But I never really have a plan when I go out because I’m always caught off guard by these sites.
What were some of your recent memorable trips?
I just got back from Death Valley. I’m still adjusting to civilization. It’s such a big park and there are so many isolated spots in it.
You mentioned you work in technology, and there seems to like you’re immersing yourself into nature. Is that something you’re consciously doing?
Yeah, I think I need the technology part to motivate me to get into that. I’m kind of bouncing between these two worlds of being on a computer and generating my own art work, 3-D and animation, and I spend enough time doing that that it drives me to be outside and away from that world/ and after spending a few weeks alone outside, I start to think about making art on the computer. Just drifting between these two worlds.