Spotlight On: Conrad Boechler

Conrad is an artist studying Creative Writing, Photography, and Film as a freshman at PSU.

Q: What inspires your art the most?

A: Of all the things that inspire me, I think that just living my life has inspired my art, as ordinary as that sounds. I think that there are many things in life that can spark inspiration, and as I live my life I see more and more of this world and that just helps inspire me more.

Q: Who are your favorite photographers?

A: It’s hard to pick since I have a lot of them, but if I could pick a top three, it would be Andrew Kearns, Olivia Bee, and Ryan Pfluger.

Q: How do you go about transforming an idea into a finished project?

A: My ideas usually come from something small. Like a couple lyrics in a song, something I read about in a book, or a movie even. From there they sort of just grow on their own and then other little ideas stem from them… It’s sort of a snowball effect, I’d say.

Q: What do you do about creative blocks?

A: Unfortunately, I’m all too familiar with those. With photography it sort of comes on as a strong dislike for whatever I’m shooting, no matter what others think about it. When that happens I just sort of let myself continue to create, even though inside I’m sort of freaking out about how I feel about it. Sometimes, I end up looking back at the photos I disliked, and trying a different way of editing them to see if that would change how I felt too.

Q: What projects are you currently working on?

A: I’ve got a lot of undeveloped stuff that could blossom into something cool, but my most realized is this poetry project about my hometown that I’m gonna pair with some photos I took that’s very personal to me. I’m excited to share it.