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Filipino Sneaker Photographer Kurt Bascara

Interviews

Tessa Yan
March 25, 2022

Kurt Bascara @inspiringkicks is an Filipino photographer who now lives in the UK. He’s also an avid basketball fan and his favorite pair is Jordan 3 88s White Cement, as he can wear them repeatedly.

What’s your favorite sneaker to photograph?

I've been taking photos of Jordan 3 way back and I would say that is my favorite to photograph

How did your passion for streetwear/sneaker photography develop?

I was born in Asia (Philippines) at a young age. I've been a basketball player and fan already and back then, we can't really afford to buy genuine basketball shoes. In my teenage days, I started to save money and I can only afford to buy class A ones if you know what I mean! Since I moved to UK, I found a decent job and started to buy sneakers every month. I started to grow my collection, and I thought why do I keep buying every month? I should do something to showcase them at least. So I decided to buy a DSLR, and my first one is a Nikon d3200 and after a couple of research, I paired it with a50mm 1.8 lenses. After that, I made an Instagram account and started uploading almost every day. Social media helps a lot back then as I met people who loves to take sneaker photography too. Meetups and photo walks are the best and you get ideas from each other, and that's how you learn and grow too.

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Name some of the sneakers in your current personal rotation

Current rotation.

1. Hummel Hive (Marathona)

2. Yeezy 350 v2 black non reflective

3. Jordan 1 Shadows (2018)

4. Air max 90 black Off white

5. Nike dunk high Pine green

6. Jordan 3 88 white cements

7. Yeezy 700 wave runners

If you could only wear one pair of sneakers for the rest of your life, what would that be and why?

It would be Jordan 3 88's White Cement!

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What is one sneaker collaboration that doesn’t exist, but you wish/think should exist?

For now, we need some Jordan 3 collab with Off-White!

What are some of your favorite sneaker-related content creators?

1.@kickstography

2.@wil.i.ian

3.@gg_2315

4.@inbentiveminds

5.@carlkho_

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Your dream hype sneaker you wish to acquire but don't have so far

I regret passing or missing out on a retail hook up of Jordan 1 Fragments; took big L there.

As a photographer, what are some of your daily essentials or treasured items?

1. Manfrotto tripod can't leave without it!

2. Nikon 50mm lens 1.8

3.Tamron 24-70 v2 2.8

4. Manfrotto light.

5. Sneaker wipes ;)

Where can people find you on social media?

@inspiringkicks

Tessa is a sneaker enthusiast, social media maven, and Marketing Manager at Ox Street. She is also a sushi expert having explored over 130+ sushi restaurants worldwide. You can see her sushi obsession on IG @sushimastertessa