Tony Currie is a photographer originally from Spokane, Washington. After relocating to Seattle, Washington, Tony continued practicing the art of photography and through his lens captures the dope world around us that can easily be overseen. Tony tackles the questions of the Feature head on and delves into his unique ideas about Reflection and Response, his photographic journey, plans to capture the dope natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest and other themes below.
To be self-aware and true to yourself, you need to spend the same amount of time and energy in thought as you do in action.
– Tony Currie
Leading off with some basics, where are you from? And where are you at?
TC: I was born and raised in Spokane, WA. If you haven’t been there, it’s a medium-sized city with a small-town feel. Sure it has its shortcomings, but I’m proud to have grown up there. I was fortunate to live there my entire upbringing and it will always be my home. I moved to Seattle to pursue higher education and have lived here ever since. Seattle is great. I’ve lived here for almost seven years now and have no plans of going elsewhere anytime soon.
What does Reflection and Response mean to you?
TC: To me, Reflection is about knowing who you are, where you’re at, and what really matters to you. It’s peering inside your mind, shutting out all the external noise, and thinking deeply. I realize more and more each day how important it is to be self-aware. I haven’t quite gotten to meditation exercises yet, but maybe down the road someday. 🙂
The Response is equally important to the Reflection. What is the worth of a Response without any investment in Reflection? What is the point of Reflection if you’re not Responding to your thoughts? For me, to be self-aware and true to yourself, you need to spend the same amount of time and energy in thought as you do in action.
How does photography fit in with that definition?
TC: Photography is a very expressive medium and has no end. This plays right into Reflection and Response. I make a point to only shoot what I enjoy (which happens to change all the time). I think that is the single most important piece of learning and growing with your passion. For example, I was obsessed with macro photography for a couple of months. I would take endless photos of interesting and under-appreciated textures. The natural stuff like wood grain, moss and lichen, all the way to fabrics, microtechnology… the list goes on. These days that doesn’t interest me much though.
What else have you been working on recently? What are you looking to work on next?
TC: Unfortunately I haven’t been very active lately, but I’ll pick up my photography when spring rolls around. Seattle in the winter is not very appealing (especially for the type of photography that I most enjoy). This spring and summer I plan on getting out and away from Seattle to capture the natural beauty of the Northwest. I’ve never been to the Olympic Peninsula or the San Juan Islands before, so those are on the top of my list.
Who or what inspires you?
TC: My inspiration is my father. He’s had a passion for photography for over thirty years and it’s definitely rubbed off on me. He started his professional photography business just a handful of years ago but has truly been a professional for much longer than that. Before deciding to go pro, his passion for photography was fueled by the happiness and joy of those he shared photos with. I’m not as generous or outgoing as my father, but he taught me the impact and influence that photography can have on people.
Is there anything else you would like the Collective to know?
TC: I just wanted to reiterate the importance of truly loving yourself and your passion. This starts with being self-aware.
Shout out to…?
TC: Peter and Vicken for running this arts collective. YOU GUYS are truly an inspiration! I can’t wait to share some of my work later on this year with you. Oh and shout out to Mike Beckett. He’s the man.
Reflection and Response.