Tyler A.W. Burke
Tyler is based in Calgary, Canada.
A self-taught photographer who deviated from an academic path focused on law and philosophy, Tyler has been working in a freelance, commercial capacity since 2018; he often shoots interiors and architecture, social media and web content, and the occasional engagement and wedding. Late in 2019: to reconnect with photography as a personal artistic medium, he posed a challenge to himself to take a photograph for himself everyday. By late spring 2020 this challenge had helped Tyler uncover a passion for street photography.
Through his street work, Tyler has been investigating dynamics of the modern relationship between the individual and their urban context in his hometown of Calgary – a relatively young metropolitan centre built by and for the recently-ailing oil and gas industry. Tyler seeks to candidly capture individual subjects moving through their routines and commutes as framed by – and often in the shadows of – urban architecture. Frequently, the dynamic he captures is one of alienation, of human life seemingly persevering in the midst of an overbearing glass and concrete environment. Not wanting to wallow in this apparent state of affairs, Tyler strives to utilize light leaks, reflections, and compositions that, despite the subject’s isolation, tie them into a greater natural context – that of life and nature.