We had the good fortune of connecting with Devin Codina and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Devin, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
When I think about risk I view it as a challenge, and challenge to live. Taking risks allows me to prove to myself how passionate and how far I am willing to go to fulfill and achieve the things I am after. I believe that without risk, things tend to be subpar. One of my favorite quotes I live by is “If you live an ordinary life, all you’ll have are ordinary stories. You have to live a life of adventure.” Following that quote, risk is perhaps the most important aspect of my style of photography being that I set out to go off the beaten path for months on end to vastly remote locations to capture areas of this world that most are not familiar with or have yet to experience. With that being said, getting to these locations is no easy feat. I spend days, sometimes weeks off-road driving and backpacking through unforgiving environments and landscapes where I don’t have cell service, I am completely alone and will rarely run in to anyone. Leaving myself to be the only one I can rely on. But in doing so, there’s nothing else that makes me feel more alive. So all in all, to me, taking risks is what it means to be alive!

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My career has been the thing that has allowed me to go after my dreams of being a full time photographer. Although it doesn’t entail photography, it provides me the resources and income to work closer to this goal. For work I am what is called a landman. In short, I research properties for seismic/geophysical companies and put together reports on anything and everything that has happened on these properties over the last couple hundred years. This job has taken me all over the States, working projects in sections of 4-6 months. In between these projects i’ll have 2-3 months off which is when I set out to chase these dreams. It definitely has not come easy, being that these projects start and stop and a couple days’ notice, and there is always risk of there not being another project lined up.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Although I’m originally from Houston, I’ve never really been a city person. But if I had to plan things to do, it would definitely be touring the museums and arts district.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Although my remote travels and photography are the things that push me the most in life, I’d have to say that anyone who is a fan of my photography encourages me to keep going and chasing the things I love most in life, which is sharing the natural world as I see it.

Website: https://devincodinaphoto.smugmug.com/

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