i'm a storyteller who was born and raised in the san fernando valley. i have two photography degrees which simply means i'm super qualified to teach at the collegiate level.

i cofounded a traveling art show called to the front with my punk sister in crime, erica lauren. we love music, we love photography and above all: we want to make sure women and non-binary artists have a platform to showcase their work.

my love language is film and while there's more digital than film work on my site, there are still images here that were made with a mamiya 645e named autumn leigh. my personal work centers around themes of longing, belonging and dissecting the various ways people, memories and physical spaces are home. i'm also influenced by the way black women have been and are currently portrayed in pop culture. the church of christ and the church of mtv raised me. that last sentence is the butt of many jokes, most of which are started by me.

i have been taking at least one photo strip a month for 7 years. using the analog photo booth as a personal confessional, i have been exploring the many ways i can queer this public yet private space. the photo booth has done more for me than my mamiya, but both are equally important to my practice.

despite having my expensive degrees that taught me how to write a proper bio, i still don't see the point in writing in third person.

i have made photographs for: the wall street journal, mashable, slate magazine, substream magazine, idobi radio, paste magazine, restless digital, republic records, hopeless records, kerrang! magazine, california institute of the arts and various independent artists. i have assisted latoya ruby frazier on the set of the blackkklansman poster campaign.

i am available for work and though my home base is los angeles, i have been known to travel. let's make memories.

Interviews & links to work:
Hyperallergic: At CalArts, Graduating Students Are Making Sincere and Rigorous Work (April 2019)
Vans Girls: Kick-Ass Chicks (March 2019)
Let's Talk With Scoggs (January 2019)
Voyage LA Magazine (December 2018)
The Phoblographer: Courtney Coles: Photographing Musicians the Way Their Music Sounds (September 2018)
KPCRadio.com: Love, Women (May 2018)
12 Songs Project: Pushing for a more inclusive music industry with Courtney Coles (March 2018)
Noisey: Women and Non-Binary Music Photographers Step Forward in 'To The Front' 
(December 2017)
Lady Hustle Mag (March 2017)
KPCRadio.com: Exposure (March 2017)
New Noise Magazine: Girls To The Front show review (January 2017)
#girlgaze (December 2016)
Na'Tori McConnell (September 2016)
Vans Warped Tour (August 2016)
Taste of Chaos (July 2016)
The Used at the Novo (May 2016)
The Week (May 2016)
Sea Foam Magazine (April 2016)
Strangers You Know at the Roxy (March 2016)
Cady Groves at the YouTube Space LA (February 2016)
Babe Vibes (January 2016)
KPCRadio.com: In the Hot Box (October 2015)
Hours Lost: Remember Why You Started (September 2015)
The Rain, Party, & Disaster Society (September 2015)
MySpace: 10 Emo AF People We Met At Taking Back Tuesday: Emo Night LA (April 2015)
KPCRadio.com: Alan's Art Talk (April 2015)
The Frenemy: The Year Of No More Sorry
 (January 2015)
Foto Infinitum (October 2014)
Mtv.com (August 2014)
Darkroom Film Junkies (September 2012) 
Nope Fun (August 2012)  


email: ccolesphoto@gmail.com

instagram: @kernieflakes

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