photography of cody cobb

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I discovered Cody Cobb on OEN earlier this week. Apparently he is one of Daniel Benning’s fave photographers. The set most recently posted on OEN includes shots from Cobb’s trip to the Sierra mountain range. Says Benning:

Recently [Cobb] took a trip to the Sierra mountain terrain which is part of the peninsular ranges running along the pacific coast from Alaska to Mexico. The resulting collection, which is a highlighted in part here, is a breathtaking array of scenery that I’d never get to see otherwise. Particularly where we are based here there is very little land that is untouched and has remained untouched for thousands of years, so when nature is given the opportunity to grow and flourish it’s real fascinating to see.

Check the rest of the set over here.

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Some Desert Snaps

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I found myself in the desert recently, working on a pro bono project. I grew up frequenting the dunes and canyons of Southern Utah and Nevada. It was quite a privilege for me to be able to revisit that overwhelming sense of vastness that one experiences in such places. It was even more of a privilege to be able to capture a few images while doing so. These are a handful of my faves.

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If you scrolled all of the way down here, chances are that you like me, enjoy photos of the desert. If you like them enough to make into phone wall paper, here are a couple of images that I cropped into iphone shaped wallpaper. Feel free to download: Here is the firstHere is the second. Enjoy.

portraits made from scribble lines, by ayaka ito

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I absolutely love these scribble drawing portraits by Akaya Ito. I’m not 100% sure how this was done. I just know that the images are are composites of photographic portraits and scribble lines merged with some sort of 3D Flash program. I think that the work is both genius and beautiful. I see so much art that has been digitally modified to the point that it is no longer appealing to me. In this instance, my opinion is that Ito found the perfect balance of digital manipulation of the subject without losing the integrity of the final work.

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Corrie White and coffee

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Corrie White‘s work it appealing to me for reasons beyond just its aesthetics. It is a great mixture of photography, and nerdiness (two things I love). White’s has an entire series of work consists of high shutter speed shots of drops and liquid. In a recent set, she explored milk dripping into coffee. I’m a fan.

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Benz Thanachart shout and shoot

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I think that this idea is pretty amazing. Benz Thanachart, Thai photographer shouts nonsensical phrases on public transpo, then records the reaction of the other passengers with a photo. He created an entire series of these photos entitled “Smartphone.”

I’m a pretty big fan of art that involves social experiments. There was a period in the late 90’s and early 2000’s that my brother would amuse himself (and others) by feigning a Tourette attack in a crowded space just to see people react. I’m not trying to make light of Tourette Syndrome or anything. But I remember a few instances, particularly on the Vegas strip and in Times Square NY, that my brother pulled this stunt. I wish that I would have had the presence of mind to document the reactions of people.

My additional two cents is that this project would never work on the NYC subway. Maybe one or two ppl would look (if they didn’t have headphones on).

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Bam and Terry

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How do we feel about the recent photo shoot that our newly re-elected president of the USA did with Terry Richardson? I understand the value of Obama doing the talk shows and all of that other crap that was traditionally thought to be uncouth for the commander in chief. But, Terry Richardson? It’s almost like Bam is trying to create controversy or allude to a scandalous side of his personality.

Is he trying to purposely provide fodder for the extreme right wing? Okay, you want to score points with the edgy art/fashion crowd. Really? First of all, aren’t those the people that you can already bank on to support you? They already think you are cool. Second, why not shoot with someone like Scott Schuman or any other semi-boring yet prevalent fashion photog? Better yet, why not get portraits by an photog instead, like Annie Leibovitz? Then you get edgy but artsy instead of pervy and gross.

I mean, I’m not trying to get all political. I’m also not going to opine on the artistic value of Terry Richardson’s work. I’m just saying that anyone who knows anything about Terry Richardson would think twice about associating him or herself with the guy, if they are trying to maintain a sqeaky clean public image. If W mag won’t shoot with him anymore, that says a lot, in itself. I had always heard that TR was shady, but when the Jezebel article came out, I have to say that I was a bit shocked. It made me think differently of him as a person. It also cast a bit of a shadow on all of his work, from my perspective. Would Bam let his daughters shoot with the guy?

For Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Kate Moss, etc., sure. But the Prez? Idk, man. It just feels weird to me.

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another tues with no a.g.

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Still a bit underwater from being away. The top photo is completely random, btw. One of the many random images that I snapped over the weekend fending off boredom between sets. I have no idea what that little vehicle is. Zamboni for the beach? Whatever it is, I like it.

I couldn’t get organized enough to cue up a track for today. In the absence of an AG post today, I’m sharing this photo contest with you.

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Chrome bags teamed up with Hypebeast on this one. Go enter and will $1000. The theme is ‘local legends.’ Everybody knows one. I can think of like 4 ppl I know who fall into this category.

This also showed up on the webz today–

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Grungy turned 2, and interviewed a bunch of friends. It is a mega long post. But I’m on there somewhere in the mix.

If all of that isn’t enough, check out this insane street race in the Isle of Man. I would love to get in on this action.

The Greatest Show On Earth【HD】320kph / 200mph Street Race ★ ‘ISLE of MAN’ TT ★ from Locck9 on Vimeo.

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weekend recap

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Yeah, this one is coming in a little bit late (for a monday). But, hey I flew in on a redeye, have spent several hours sifting through 1000’s of frames and still managed to eat, take a nap and do laundry. So the untimeliness of this post has nothing to do with laziness. Or reverse that. Or whatever. Anyway, I had a fantastic time in CA. Another huge thanks to Converse. It didn’t even really feel like work. I was able to hang out with some of my pre-existing friends, and make several new ones. There was quite literally never a dull moment (except for when I was asleep [which was not very many moments]).

In addition to the surfing, there was plenty of skateboarding to be seen. Converse built a huge bowl on the beach. I had a blast all week watching the likes of Pedro Barros (above) hucking themselves around the bowl and into the air. Here are a few more pics from the weekend–

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Above: Pupo. Below: Slater in the Men’s quarters.

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Above: Lance Mountain, huge frontside indy. Below: Omar Hassan, air to fakie.

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Below: Slater performing his traditional pre-surfing ritual.

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Slater above. Didn’t have an awesome heat Saturday morn. But he was still in good form. I really liked that Image that I snapped of him getting in the water. Also had a lot of fun watching Medina [I think] (below). The dude was shredding. Headed out in 10 to watch the men’s quarters.

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This comp is so good. I actually shot mostly skateboarding yesterday. But I threw in a snap above from the women’s quarter-finals. I’m seriously vibing southern California this time around. Headed out to shoot the men’s final, right now.

more of the usual

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It has been a busy and sweaty week so far. I have seem some very cool stuff at the menswear trade shows that are currently in town. I’ll probably post a few items later this week, or next. Until then, enjoy this shot of the clouds that I snapped while riding my bike home, yesterday.

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Some bad news: it is already Wednesday, and I haven’t really done anything this week. In fact, I have been so lazy that I just sat down last night and ate wings while watching “U-571,” on AMC with commercials and everything. I have seen that movie like 8 times. It’s one of those films that is on permanent AMC rotation. I did manage to make it the rest of the way through the Bridget set though. One of my faves, above.

Some good news: the rest of the week (starting tonight) should be very productive. I plan to pick up again with running tomorrow morn. Heavily looking forward to that. Other good news is that one of the sponsors of the US Open surfing comp in LBC has invited me to tag along a shoot it. Pretty stoked about that as well.

weekend recap

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The past weekend ended up being a bust for the most part. I started feeling a cold coming on Friday night. By Saturday morning I could barely breathe. The only productive thing that I did all weekend was snapping some test shots (above) with my friend Bridget who was in town from California. I slept basically all day on Sunday and did zero running. I am feeling a bit better this morning. I ended up riding my bike to work. But I don’t want to press my luck. So I’m going to hold off with the running until at least Wed. One more shot from the weeekend–

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happy friday!

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So bummed that today is my last full day in AK. It has been so much fun. Not really sure what is on the docket for today. But, Thursday was so nice and sunny. The image above is what I woke up to. We went to the boat basin in the morning and checked out some pretty cool hardwood fishing boats. It blew my mind that they still make boats out of wood like that.

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In the afternoon we went to a local beach and caught some rays. My shoulder is actually still sore from skipping so many rocks with my nieces.

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Have a great weekend!

4th of july

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Nothing says says happy birthday America like parades and fishin’. Hahahaha. So, that is exactly how we spent independence day. We hit up the Ketchikan parade around noon. I think that my favorite portion of the parade was seeing the Native American wearing some of their tribal gear, etc..

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After the parade, we borrowed a boat from my b-i-l’s friend Mike at Knudson Cove Marina. We headed just around the corner from the Marina and dropped in a couple of fishing lines. Things got crazy.

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Yes, those are Carhartt jeans and Xtratough boots, I’m wearing. I was geared up like a pro. Even though I grew up fishing pretty much my whole life. This was definitely an excursion like none other that I had ever been on. I caught 3 different varieties of salmon, including a white king (which I’m told is kind of a big deal).

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After we arrived back at the pad, we fired up the coals and grilled salmon/steak, then watched fireworks from my sister’s deck. Not a bad way to celebrate the 4th of July.