Bad Blood with Joshua Cobos: Trouble with the Law

Every week, photographer Joshua Cobos shoots a roll of film just for us. He picks the best 13 photos and we post them here, and it’s called “Bad Blood with Joshua Cobos.” Here’s what Joshua has to say about this week’s installment:

That first one and tenth ones are of Ashley Ording, fashion vixen from the Golden Collective. Ran into some trouble with the law recently, the cityscapes are results of trips to and from the courthouse & downtown. A homeless man appeared several times through these walks. ‘”Quit following me,” he said to me at one point. Then he tried his pitch at selling me a leather jacket again, too mobster so no thanks. Made with a Yashica-D TLR on Kodak Portra 160 VC.

Thanks, Joshua! Ten more shots after the jump, beginning with a haunting portrait of our BFF Lizzy Courtois, taken during our most recent Bloody Marython:

37 Responses to “Bad Blood with Joshua Cobos: Trouble with the Law”

  1. Ian says:

    tlrs just lend themselves to a much more stoic composition style

    lovely light flairs

  2. Katie C says:


  3. JEAN says:


  4. blickblondhi says:

    thanks! i barfed on my balls.

  5. Lindsey says:


  6. This is my favorite batch of the series yet.

  7. HotwireMY says:


    All my…

    All my friends…

    All my friends are white!

    yeah, yeah-yeah-yeah!

    • HotwireMY says:

      Sorry, I didn’t mean to be presumptuous and insulting. It was rude to assume you and that officer are friends.

    • so says:

      who gives a shit (besides apparently you)

      • Think_for_Me says:

        That’s right, fuck diversity. More pictures of pretty white people.

        • AM says:

          who the fck cares what race these people are? and who are you to call them “all white” (have you looked into their individual ethnic backgrounds?) – and decide that’s a derogatory statement? should we start making friends based on the racial diversity of people we already know?

  8. no.thanks. says:

    cool story bro.

    • no.thanks. says:

      actually fuck that cop out response.

      these images are annoying and i cant sort out why.

      no, i am not being a hater. Joshua, please keep shooting, but I want to say (not that you give a shit at all what I think about your images) that these images are trite/boring/yucky. Its not you or your style, its your subject mater.

      • Greg says:

        Cool opinion bro

      • Bilbo says:

        This is the worst set yet. Usually he’s pretty good.

      • Amy says:

        You’re reading the Mission Mission blog. If you hate the subject matter so much, I have no idea how you even stumbled on this site. I’m sure you’re just as “annoying and trite” as these images. Joshua, you have an amazing eye and a great heart. You see something special in everyone you meet and your talent reflects that.

  9. Its it says:

    God this blog is so hetero. Can you hire one gay dude blogger who takes pics of cute guys – thanks!!

  10. Absolon Ol says:

    Most of thos chicks look really annoying

  11. Ronky Ponk says:

    What is this “roll of film” you are talking about?

  12. JT Snowball says:

    the cop and the girl in the field. both have nice perspectives and detail in the clothing.

  13. bub zlet says:

    sickness. this kid has talent.

  14. joe says:

    you are a really great guy Josh I admire your passion for film. the first two are my fav’s

  15. ihatethekids says:

    I think these are better than most of the stuff I’ve seen from this kid. It seems like these took a bit of effort on his part this time.

    • Fancy says:

      as someone who has been a subject and witness to many of “this kids” aka josh’s photos, i can say that literally every shot takes more than “a bit of effort” on his part. he puts more time into framing, focus, content, and other technical photo stuff i can’t even name (and you probably couldn’t either), than most people put into their jobs.

      • D. Jon Moutarde says:

        So why is there light bleed in at least half of these pictures?

        • Fancy says:

          are you a photographer? this is an honest question. as someone who takes photos myself (non-professionally) and has spent time around many photographers: light leaks come from the CAMERA, not the photographer, and are not necessarily considered unpleasant or incorrect. this means the photographer can be aware that they may happen when using a given camera, but cannot control them. Many modern photographers actually consider light leaks to be aesthetically pleasing, “happy mistakes” that enhance the film quality of the photos. in fact, a whole genre of cameras – toy cameras like the Holga, Diana, and all Lomo’s – are created around the idea of light leaks, grain and the “happy mistakes” that happen in the sometimes unpredictable equation of photographer+ camera + film + developing.

          • D. Jon Moutarde says:

            What you say may be true in the context of some sub-genre of modern film photography, but it says nothing about your use of the phrase, “a bit of effort”. If the light bleed is a “happy mistake”, then it requires no effort. If the photographer is putting some effort into making a good photograph, then there are no “happy mistakes”, only ‘happy photographs’.

            You did not answer my question. And I do not consider light bleed a “happy mistake”.

  16. dsds says:

    FACT: Ashley IS really annoying.

  17. Adam says:

    Can there just be one story that creates a discussion without a handful of degrading comments from people that have nothing better to do than spend their time talking shit about others. Welcome to the internet I guess, you give people anonymity and they revert back to their middle school self.

  18. Mattachine says:

    Keep it cool, but not too cool with that officer. Just be decent to him, he responds to that, shining him on tends to make him put on his “bored, so bored” face.

    Why was the PD taking an interest in your taking photo’s?