We had the good fortune of connecting with Eric Fallecker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Eric, why did you decide to pursue a creative path?
A long time ago my mother bought me my first camera and said that she always just wanted me to be happy, instead of chasing the so called “American Dream”. She knew I felt more alive when I was creating and exploring. Art gives myself fulfillment, and joy. It also allows me to communicate with the world around me. I have never been a nine to fiver and I am constantly looking for ways to bring more wonder and imagination to the world through photography and film. My artistic career allows me to connect with people and nature in ways that an office job could never provide.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am an outdoor creative that loves to hang on static lines hundreds of feet in the air capturing humans at peak performance climbing and pushing themselves. I love creating authentic content in the outdoor lifestyle community, Its not just about high adrenaline and beautiful images, For myself I like to tell stories of growth, connection, and diversity in the outdoor space, with cinematic colors and light. I’m stoked every time I get commercial work to pay the bills, but nothing feels more fulfilling than when someone has purchased a print to hang on their wall, It a very beautiful feeling knowing that someone has connected with your art enough to welcome it into their home. One of the biggest lessons I have learned from this profession is that I always need to take a step back every once in a while and create passion projects that are for myself, and also give my free time to collaborate on others creative endeavors because we are only as strong as our community is.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Love this question because I believe Los Angeles has soo much to offer whether your an outdoor enthusiast or not. Day one would be a food tour from Studio City all the way to K-town
Day two beach day at my favorite beach- El Matador in Malibu.
Day three heading to my favorite climbing gym Hollywood Boulders.
Day four would be a day outside exploring Malibu Creek for some rock climbing deep in the canyon.
Lets be honest I would probably just take them out rock climbing everyday. Los angeles has soo much climbing history that a lot of people would never guess. Malibu creek is one of the most popular climbing destinations in LA county, but we also have Stoney point in the valley where it all began. Not to mention Echo cliffs in the santa monica mountains for some epic beautiful sport routes and nature.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have two people to thank for all of my success and joy I have found in this field. The first being my mother who encouraged me to keep pursuing a craft that had no guarantee of stability. She has always been there to hold space and allow me to be myself. The other would be one of my biggest supporters and inspiration, her name is April. she was where it all started with my passion in photography, we grew and explored the world of outdoor adventure together co creating a lot of my work that has led me to this point in my life.