STIYA is a dual series which compares a storm to the birth of child

Examining Cole Barash’s latest photography book

Stiya by Cole Barash is a dual series which tells the story of two events – a storm and the birth of his first child – both which lasted for four days.

It’s a book which utilizes Cole’s idiosyncratic method of photography to closely examine the similarities between the two events.



The storm hit 24 hours before Cole’s partner went into labor. During the resulting drawn-out days, Cole found himself similarly drawn to the obscurities in the space as he was with the landscape during the storm, fixated on the notion of the delivery room as a forbidden space. It wasn’t until two months later when he was examining the prints in tandem at his studio that he noticed a synergy between the storm and the birth.