Dominick Cura is a Seattle-based filmmaker and photographer specializing in travel.

Seattle Refined: How long have you been creating? What mediums do you work with?
Dominick Cura: I’ve been doing photography and film since I was in high school. Growing up in Washington State, I spent much of my childhood exploring the nearby mountain wilderness and developing a desire for exploration and adventure. At the same time, my passion for telling stories through photos and videos has evolved. I started out making short hikes and travel videos and ended up making a few shorts later in high school.

Can you tell us about your artistic approach and how the different stages fit into it?
When it comes to photography, my process is very simple. It’s about getting out into the world and seeing things for myself, whether it’s hiking in the mountains around Seattle or backpacking in another country.

Cinema, on the other hand, is much less simple. It is a collaborative process and is only possible by working with others. As a director, my passion for the role comes from the incredible ability to bring together a group of talented people and work together to make a film.

Tell us where your inspiration for your art comes from.
My inspiration for my photography and filmmaking really comes from a sense of adventure and curiosity about the world. I want my photos and short films to evoke feelings of adventure and curiosity and serve as a way to broaden our horizons. I like to say that I tell stories of people all over the world and the world around people.

Do you have a specific genre/rhythm that you prefer — travel, food, nature, etc. ?
When it comes to photography, I’m mostly passionate about travel and nature. I love being able to capture the beauty of a place, whether natural or man-made.

With film, my past projects have been more on the dramatic side, but I really hope to experiment with other genres in the future.

Do you have a piece that means more to you or is extremely special to you?
My first short film is a special piece for me. Titled “Color of the Sky”, it was a passion project. I connected with strangers online and we worked together to bring this story to life. It’s inspired by my own experiences with color blindness, and it’s a story of enjoying what you have and taking nothing for granted. The film is about a failing painter who lives in a world where no one sees color. One day, they invent glasses that allow him to see colors, and he buys them in the hope of reviving his creativity.

I finished it in 2021, and you can see it on my site if you want!

What experiences in your life have influenced your art the most?
One experience that really inspired me was taking a gap year after high school to backpack in Europe and Asia. As a recent high school graduate, I traveled on an extremely frugal budget, staying with strangers and making friends along the way. I learned a lot during these months about the world and gathered a lot of inspiration for future movie ideas!

If we want to see more of your work, where should we go to find it?
You can check out my website at www.dominickcura.com or my Instagram @daringtoexplore.

What’s next for you? Something you’re working on right now that you’re really passionate about?
Currently I’m working on a short documentary that I shot with two peers earlier this year in the Amazon rainforest of Bolivia. We follow a group of people near Madidi National Park who are speaking out against the potential construction of the El Beni-Chepete dam project. This two-dam project would flood an area of ​​rainforest several times the size of NYC. Not only will this destroy one of the most biodiverse areas of the Amazon rainforest, but it will forcibly displace several indigenous communities living there.

We are currently in post-production and hope to release the short by the end of the year. If all goes well, we plan to seek funding to return to Bolivia to create a more in-depth documentary.

Finally, how do you drink your coffee? (We ask everyone!)

Since remote work became the norm, I’ve gotten into the habit of making coffee most afternoons. Lately, I’ve had a lot of lattes. Sometimes I drink mate, which is a traditional Argentinian drink, especially if I need a caffeine boost!

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