Cole has spent the better half of his life behind the lens; stalking cows and lying in the grass to capture the landscape. You may have seen his work in a few magazines, art blogs, CD covers and the like, or used one of his filters on Instagram. He can't tell you how big the universe is, or why we're really here, but his work sometimes flirts with the idea of knowing.
WHAT'S INSIDE YOUR LANGLY?
Canon 5D Mark III with 24mm F1.4, 0mm F1.2, 16-35mm F2.8, Hasselblad 500 C/M with 80mm F2.8, iPhone 5S with Olloclip Telephoto & Wide Angle
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO EXPLORE?
I like to think exploration is an act of opening yourself up to the unknown, and trusting in what’s just around the corner. The best stories are those you can’t make up or plan, and the best way i know how to tell those stories is with a camera in my hand.
FILM VS DIGITAL?
I studied film, then shot digital for years before “graduating" back to film when I was at a point to where I felt that I only need 12 exposures to get the shot. Film is a necessity to fully appreciate the art form, whereas digital is more a luxury medium, with it’s low-cost and “forgiveness” when shooting raw. Both have their benefits.
WHERE DO YOU FIND YOUR INSPIRATION?
The question of how we got here, or rather "why" we're here is what really gets me going. I don't think we're close to knowing the real "why," or if we'll ever get there, but I enjoy exploring that possibility. What would it feel like to suddenly understand the ultimate truth?
Maybe it'll feel extremely humbling and breathtaking, and a little sad because there's nothing more to answer. Maybe there is no answer, and everything "just is." It's certainly an interesting thing to consider, and a big reason behind the floating theme. I also have a crazy fear of falling, so I guess floating was a natural rebellion.
Maybe it's a control thing :)
Space is also a big source of inspiration. If some people have their heads in the clouds, you could say my head's in orbit. I can't stress enough how small we really are, and I try to remind people of that fact often. We're really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really small. Though amazingly, our clouds on earth look a hell-of-a-lot like light-year scale dust clouds in space. Somehow, I got to mashing long exposure photos of stars and landscapes from that.
What's your most memorable photo?
I’d have to say this one - shot in front of a large brush fire caused by a plane crash. With planes and helicopters flying overhead trying to put out the flames, the sun setting through smoke, and the burning ash that rained down, it was by far the most memorable, unplanned shoot to date.