Sunday Spotlight — August 11, 2019
Photographer: Cody Cobb
Project: Dark Side
Artist Statement: “This light only reveals more darkness, an illumination of a strange land that no longer resembles the familiar surfaces of the American West. Undulations of Earth ripple and radiate towards the horizon like a solid sea. Silhouettes of behemoths suspended in geologic time emerge and strange symmetries are revealed in the gentle falloff of red and blue light. Much like the displacement of the visible spectrum as celestial objects move away or towards the observer, these images invoke a similar sense of cosmological contraction and expansion. This relative push and pull disorients the observer’s own perspective and place, allowing the cosmos to stare back.”
My photography of the land is a way for me to observe and capture both external and internal experiences. This specific series has been directly inspired by attempts to understand my lifelong and ongoing experience with major depression. These trips into the wilderness have always been an attempt to escape, rather than confront the mental illness that has shaped so much of my life and practice as an artist. It’s a confusing disease that changes shape constantly, revealing itself only in silhouette and remaining just outside of comprehension. I’m haunted by it but also incredibly curious about the mechanism and function behind it. I want to observe it, but my light never seems bright enough.” - Cody Cobb
Cody Cobb (b. 1984 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a photographer based in Seattle, Washington. His photographs aim to capture brief moments of stillness from the chaos of nature.
For weeks at a time, Cobb wanders the American West alone in order to fully immerse himself in seemingly untouched wilderness. This isolation allows for more sensitive observations of both the external landscape as well as the internal experience of solitude. Through subtle arrangements of light and geometry, the illusion of structure appears as a mystical visage. These portraits of the Earth’s surface are an attempt to capture the emotion of the land as much as the topography.