As a Seattle-based 3D animation artist, Cody Cobb spends most of his working life behind a pc. Round a decade in the past, feeling the necessity for an escape valve, he began occurring solo tenting journeys across the Pacific Northwest on the weekends. As he ventured farther and farther afield, these weekend journeys was week-long excursions, which was month-long odysseys. “I found that there is this complete different world on the market, and it is so accessible,” Cobb says.
Cobb started taking panorama pictures throughout these journeys, at first with a fundamental 35-mm point-and-shoot digicam. Subconsciously, he discovered himself “designing” his pictures the identical method he designed his pc animations. “They have been influenced by on a regular basis I spend manipulating geography, arranging shapes and colours. That a part of my mind does not shut off once I’m exterior.” With influences starting from summary expressionism to up to date photographers like his pal Reuben Wu, Cobb’s dreamlike work quickly attracted essential consideration—in 2018 he was named one in all PDN’s 30 New and Emerging Photographers to Watch.
Final winter, Cobb, who has handled despair all his grownup life, suffered a significant depressive episode throughout a two-month-long solo journey via California and Utah. Unable to sleep at evening, he started exploring locations like Dying Valley in a semi-delirious state, getting purposely misplaced and capturing what he discovered with a Fujifilm GFX50, utilizing gentle from a headlamp and A number of small LEDs with coloured gels. “I’d simply wander and encounter shapes,” he says. When he bought again to Seattle, he created the ultimate pictures by compositing collectively a number of exposures of the identical scene to make sure the precise gentle stability.
The ensuing photos are hallucinatory of their depth, evoking a fever dream or a psychedelic journey—an impact created partially by the absence of shadows, a trick Cobb realized from 3D modeling. The collection, appropriately titled Darkish Facet, additionally displays Cobb’s psychological state on the time. “Permitting myself to be misplaced and weak once I shot these was fairly vital,” he explains. “It was so chilly, and I used to be intentionally fasting as a result of I appear to get my finest photographs once I’m barely hungry. It heightens all my senses.”
Final winter’s depressive episode marred what’s normally a therapeutic train for Cobb. That is why, regardless of the dangerous expertise, he plans to proceed taking multi-month solo journeys. “I sort of want these solitary journeys,” he says. “It is not all the time a cushty factor to do. It is lonely, it is arduous to plan, and it takes a variety of effort—however it’s value it.”