OD Photo Prize 2022 | Shortlisted Artist
Cody Cobb (b. 1984 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is a photographer currently based in Las Vegas, Nevada. 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 an entanglement of the observer and the observed.
“This series of photographs reveals a hidden layer of luminescence in the wilderness of the American West. From collapsed lava tubes lined with microbial mats to high elevations where lichens thrive, a strange fluorescence occurs when certain minerals and organic materials are subjected to the ultraviolet wavelength of electromagnetic radiation. This spectrum of light is invisible to humans. While traversing these remote lands in darkness, Cobb is unable to directly observe the eerie phenomenon. Only with long exposures using an ultraviolet emitting light is he able to circumvent the limitations of human perception in order to capture these photographs of a parallel world.” – Cody Cobb, 2022
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