Would you mind introducing yourself? My name is Trevor Christie and I am a photographer from Western Washington. Photography has been my creative outlet to my studies in college and now my full-time job as a Mechanical Engineer. I usually subscribe to the “Weekend Warrior” mindset and get out and shoot on the weekends in places near and far from home.
Trevor’s Instagram - @trevsee
When did you first fall in love with taking photos? I have been shooting since 2017, however, I can’t say that I fell in love with photography until last year. In May I took a trip to Alaska for a week that really sealed the deal. The landscape up there is unlike anything I’d ever seen. Till that trip, I think I was just shooting to do it. There really wasn’t a style or direction to any of my photographs. In Alaska, I felt like I gained an eye for certain subjects and became much more deliberate in the photographs I took.
Do you have a favourite photography related memory, whether it be in front or behind the camera? I live relatively close to Mount Rainier National Park and that seems to be my go-to place in the summer. Well, late last summer I went up there by myself to catch a sunset on a weeknight. I ended up meeting a few people while hiking to a popular fire lookout. The hike up was pretty socked in with clouds and we all didn’t expect much. One member from the group had a good feeling and muttered something along the lines of “give it a few more minutes” as we approached the fire lookout. Sure enough, the clouds parted ways right at sunset and the sky lit up. The photos I took that night are still some of my favourites. The people, the colours, the place - all made for my favourite photographic memory thus far.
What inspires your photography? A lot of my photographs are inspired by the colours produced around sunrise and sunset. In addition, I love when there are clouds in a landscape soaking up that colour! It is tough to beat that colour palette. To really delve into my photography inspiration, I’d need music. Seriously. I get a lot of my inspiration for colour and minimalism from the music I listen to. I have an ever-growing playlist on Spotify where I curate songs I thoroughly enjoy and often edit to. The music is mainly beats and tunes that give off a dreamy vibe that comes out in my photos.
What kind of camera do you use? Digital -> Nikon D5300, Film -> Pentax ME. A recent addition I am excited about is a Mamiya RB67 medium format camera. I plan to use it to shoot a few personal projects this summer involving Fire Lookouts around Washington. Lugging that around should be FUN :)
Who are some of your favourite photographers? Some of my favourite photographers have their own distinct styles. For example, Chris Burkard (Adventure), Chase Burnett (Landscapes), Joe Greer (Street & Style), Zach Leon (Street & Color), and Forest Mankins (Summertime Feelings). They all have such different styles and are a constant inspiration. I’ve found that inspiration is a funny thing, it doesn’t have to come from styles like your own.
What would be your number one dream destination for a photography adventure? I would love Lisbon in Portugal or the Patagonia region of Argentina.
Which time of year is your favourite for taking photographs? I really enjoy the shoulder seasons between Spring/Summer and Summer/Fall. The crowds are usually lower on some of the popular hikes around Washington and the bugs are not in full force.
Do you have any upcoming photography trips/sessions that you would like to share? This year I am trying to pursue medium format film photography and producing zines of some of my work. A lot of it will revolve around the summer months so stay tuned!
Trevor’s Instagram - @trevsee