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Mike Yost (Photographer/Writer)

I have a passion for words and photography (and craft beer . . . and weed). Just trying to be creative and experience the creativity of others before I'm kicked off this lonely planet. Death may nullify my body and brain, but (hopefully) not my art. I've been capturing snapshots of time and writing out the thoughts of fictional characters in my head since I was a kid. Maybe even younger! Not sure. It's hard to remember that far back. (I blame the weed.) I had the opportunity to pen a novel for grad school. Five characters. One narrative. Existential dread! You can purchase my first book, Remnants of Light, on Amazon here: http://amzn.com/B00MZBT15C It's available in paperback if you want to be retro and ebook if you want to be modern. Personally I think there should be a stone tablet option.

What if This is the Dream?


And tomorrow is the dream,
and the day after that,
day after day,
until you’re 73
and you fall onto the tracks
and as the train severs your head
you wake up with a terrific shock out of your own bed
covered in sweat,
heart racing,
the whirling memories of 73 years dreamt in a single night
quickly fading away with each passing second
you slow your breathing
you close your eyes
“What the hell was that?” you ask yourself
“Who was I?” you ask yourself
there is no response of course
just a few birds chirping outside the window lit by the rising sun
and you wonder if you’ve truly woken up
and you shake your head
and you tell yourself no more mushroom sandwiches before bed
and you stumble into the kitchen
turning on the coffee pot.

© Mike Yost

Nightfall by In the Company of Serpents

Nightfall from the album LUX by In the Company of Serpents
Photography and video by © Mike Yost [ hidden void photography ]
Music used with permission. Listen with headphones and watch with a large screen.

A narrative of photos and timelapse videos I shot in and around the city for the second instrumental track on LUX. I wanted to create a visual story that reflects how I experience this album.

Bandcamp: https://inthecompanyofserpentsdoom.bandcamp.com/album/lux (Support Denver Music!)
Metal Archive: https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/In_the_Company_of_Serpents/3540344071

Daybreak by In the Company of Serpents

Daybreak from the album LUX by In the Company of Serpents
Photography and video by © Mike Yost [ hidden void photography ]
Music used with permission.

A collection of photos and timelapse videos I shot for the third track on LUX. This album is a sonic bastion I return to frequently, and I wanted to create a visual narrative that reflects that space.

Bandcamp: https://inthecompanyofserpentsdoom.bandcamp.com/album/lux (Support Denver Music!)
Metal Archive: https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/In_the_Company_of_Serpents/3540344071

| looking into the self |

Locked inside my mind, I often overlook the abundance of profound patterns weaving their way through my environment and my experiences.

Photography pulls me out of my head so that I can deviate from all those predictable perspectives, I can re-frame familiar spaces into mysteries unexplored, I can expose these thin slices of eternity to others, changing how we perceive and interact with a bubbling reality teeming with ominous unknowns, flashes of deep dread and abundant awe—all tangled up and held together by connections once unseen.

Bob Ross knew: “Beauty is everywhere.”

Click on my photobooks below to preview or purchase a collection of photographic narratives, poems told with images, stories told without words, and words that personify images.

Plus buying a photobook helps feed a starving artist who would rather play with photos than eat or sleep! 🙂

© Mike Yost [hidden void photography]

Order Prints:
michael.ray.yost@gmail.com

Instagram Cracker Website: hidden_void_photography

Preview my photobooks printed by Blurb:

Hidden Void Photography Photobooks

“Nothingness” by In the Company of Serpents

A labor of love I put together for one of my favorite metal bands, In the Company of Serpents.

The first time I heard “Nothingness” live was at The Oriental (in Denver) when ItCoS opened for Godflesh. Some of the images you see in this video popped into my head that night as they played. It was an amazing experience, and I wanted to share what I saw in my mind that night. Metal on, my friends! \m/

Photography and video by © Mike Yost [ hidden void photography ]

“Nothingness” by In the Company of Serpents
From their album, Ain​-​Soph Aur
Music used with permission. (Thanks Grant!)

Bandcamp: https://inthecompanyofserpentsdoom.bandcamp.com/album/ain-soph-aur
Metal Archives: https://www.metal-archives.com/bands/In_the_Company_of_Serpents/3540344071
(Support Denver Music!)