Interview, Alex Currie -
Visions and Thoughts
Alex! Do you think the world today makes sense?
I guess. I don’t know. I’m not sure if it’s it that doesn’t make sense or me just trying to make sense of it all. I’m too idealistic. I live in America and this year especially it seems like a lot of things happening don’t make sense.
Does it become confusing or chaotic for you to find your individuality when the society wants you to be a part of it by destroying one’s intelligence?
I’ve never really felt that much like I had to sacrifice my individuality to fit in with the rest of it all. I mostly just do my thing and whatever happens, happens.
..experiencing such a powerful energy field, are you sometimes afraid of losing youth into the void of time?
I think the idealization of “youth” that people lust over so intensely is more so a mindset than a physical attribute. Like, what is youth? Why does everyone want it so bad? When you’re young you’re ignorant. You don’t know anything. But being so intensely inside your head- there’s a bliss that comes with that ignorance, and sometimes that leads to an intense lust for life. I’m not afraid of getting older because I don’t want to be ignorant. I want to learn about everything, and I already have a lust for life, whether I’m young or not. I’ve met old people who act younger than some teenagers I know. I don’t really think age has anything to do with it.
How does that affect the intensity with which you live?
I get jittery when I sit still for too long. When I wake up there’s like fifteen things I want to do every day. And so every day I try to do them.
With your self-portraits, since there are many, I feel as if in your inner world is missing something. How do you feel towards the feelings of nostalgia and fantasy?
Nostalgia is a really natural feeling to me. I always get nostalgic for every Summer. I take all of my pictures with time in mind. I think that the surreal aspect is just a spinoff of my ideology. I like art when it doesn’t take itself too seriously.
How do your visual stories come into being? Can you talk to us about the essentials of your art, and how they happened to you?
I don’t have a set process for making anything as much as I wish I did. Usually, when I make something it comes out of a fit of passion and I work on it until I physically cannot look at it any longer. Then I get fed up with it and leave it alone for a little bit and go back and tweak it little by little over the course of a week or two. It’s always a love-hate relationship with work I make. By the time I’m ready to release something online I’m usually so sick of it. Putting it out there is a way of letting it go, and typically by that point, I don’t give a shit if people like it or not anyway.
What kind of music do you listen to lately?
Frank Ocean. Tame Impala. Arcade Fire. David Bowie, King Krule, Wilco, Tyler, The Creator, Red Hot Chili Peppers, LCD Soundsystem, Lorde, the Beatles, Kanye, A$AP, Mac Demarco. That was the majority of my playlist last semester. What a crazy year for music though. Holy shit, Tame Impala Currents changed my life. I bumped the new Arcade Fire and Jay-Z records all summer. Tyler’s too. Went through a big Bowie phase in the spring. And I haven’t stopped listening to Blonde since it came out.
Lastly, what would you suggest or share with other photographers?
Like, do your own thing! Stop looking at other people’s work and make critical thoughts from your own life. Find your voice. Make as much work as you can. Don’t be afraid to put yourself out there!
Interview with Alex Currie