Artist Spotlight—Cody Conk

Today, we're thrilled to shine the spotlight on none other than Cody Conk, a visionary travel and adventure photographer whose work has continually mesmerized us. With mutual admiration for the beauty of the Southwest and a shared passion for storytelling through imagery, we've followed Cody's journey for a while now. Through his lens, Cody has transported us to breathtaking landscapes, unveiling the rugged allure of the Southwest with unparalleled clarity and depth. Join us as we delve into the captivating world of Cody Conk's photography!

1. What inspired your journey into travel/adventure photography, and how has this passion evolved?

On my 30th birthday, I bought my first camera and took a trip to Vegas where I visited the Grand Canyon. Growing up on the East Coast, there is nothing in comparison to that view and it completely blew my mind and gave me a rush that I had not felt since playing competitive sports. I knew at that point, I was going to do whatever it took to be able to travel more and explore the beautiful country that we live in. 6 years later, I'm now full time with the continued goal to see the World.

2. Can you share a memorable moment that significantly impacted your approach to photography?

I'm not sure of a significant moment that impacted my approach in photography. But I will say, shoot with as many people as you possibly can. I gained a lot of knowledge by watching my peers operate in the field, and chatting with them about their work flow and processes. I was able to take the things I liked from so many people to help create my own style and ability to be efficient.

3. Travel photography often involves challenging environments. How do you prepare technically and mentally for capturing moments in such rugged settings?

I do a lot of research and do my best to set myself up for success. Sometimes there's nothing we can do with the weather or changing environments, but that is also the beauty of photography. There will never be an exact moment in our lives as when you hit that shutter button. And being able to shoot in unique conditions can only help you grow and improve in your craft.

4. Your portfolio showcases a diverse range of landscapes and activities. How do you balance capturing the essence of the moment while also ensuring technical excellence in your photographs?

A lot of practice and experimentation. I struggled a lot with "being ready for a moment" early in my photo career, but repetition has allowed the technical side of photography to be something that comes natural now. It has also allowed me to focus more on my objectives in the field, capturing moments that aren't just the "main shot", and be more consistent in the images I'm looking to share.

5. Many aspiring photographers look up to your work for inspiration. What advice would you offer those looking to start travel photography?

It took me 30 years to realize what I wanted to do with my life, and that was to travel and capture those moments that I've witnessed. I was really, really bad for the first year, but over time things got much easier. If travel photography is your passion, and you want to take it a step further, keep pushing yourself and making yourself feel as uncomfortable as possible. What I mean by this is to never become stagnant in your skillsets, continue to want to learn more, and put yourself in situations where you may not be "the pro" and challenge yourself to be better. If a kid from the small farm town of Cream Ridge, New Jersey can make it, so can you. Believe in yourself, you're the only person that can prevent you from conquering your goals.

We extend our sincerest gratitude to Cody for generously sharing his time and allowing us to delve into the depths of his captivating photography journey. Cody's dedication to his craft and his ability to evoke emotion through his imagery is truly inspiring, and we are privileged to have had the opportunity to showcase his work.

To see more of Cody's work, head over to his website or follow him on Instagram.

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