We had the good fortune of connecting with Tyler Balderas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Tyler, what are you inspired by?
I find inspiration in almost everything. In the work of other creatives, regardless of medium. I’m equally inspired by architects, interior designers, surrealist painters, stylists, and musicians as I am by my peers/contemporaries in photography. This may sound strange but I draw an immense amount of inspiration through people performing normal day to day tasks. Pre-quarantine I use to go for walks and sit in cafes with a notepad, people watching, allowing my mind to take in what I saw, maybe even overheard, and use that as fuel for creative concepts. I’m also very much inspired by gaps in the market. I try to create the things I wish I saw when I flip through a magazine or scroll through Instagram. Some people love to be extremely vocal in regard to how “oversaturated” most creative mediums have become. Due to the access and platforms available that are making it easier, now more than ever, to create, and have work be seen by others: The reality is that there’s an influx of redundant and average work being released. That inspires me to set the bar a little higher.
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?
Shout out Jayvid Borja, Joel Misner, Erik Saevi, and Trey Escotta. #BlackLivesMatter
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