Cara Stricker is one of those people who seem to do it all, one of those perpetually intriguing modern mysteries that make efforts through a variety of different creative outlets. She contributes to some very prestigious titles as an established photographer as well as a creative director. Her work can be seen on the cover of Oyster Magazine’s Peace Issue featuring the lovely Magda Laguigne, as well as working with the notorious Debbie Harry for the same title. She’s also worked with other names including Julia Nobis, Bambi Northwood-Blythe, and Cara Delevigne for an impressive list of titles including Russh, Dazed & Confused, Shopghost and Pages Digital. Within her refreshing photo-shoots, peculiar angles, avant-garde ensembles and imaginative narratives reign supreme. Residing in New York, one of the creative capitals of the world, there’s no limit to what Cara could achieve. We’re struck.
Hall of Furs: Firstly, can you tell me a little about yourself? Who are you and how would you define what you do?
Cara Stricker: I’ve lived in New York for two and half years now, as a Director, Photographer and Creative Director. Travel, music, art and dance have always taught me where to go, so I tend to surround myself with these and let them lead the way. I basically collaborate with musicians, brands, fashion editors, creative directors, hotels, magazines, artists, record labels and muses to create [with them].
What is your idea of beauty? Where do you find beauty?
Someone who is comfortable with themselves… [These people] always reflect the most beauty. You can tell in an instant. I usually find [beauty] in nature. Listening to it inside myself [in order] to find it [on the] outside.
How did you get started in the industry?
At 21, whilst assisting a collective of video clip directors in Australia, I shot my first music video clip for a successful Australian musician. Deciding this was too stressful (it was a stop-frame animated paper video clip with 30 crew members!) I undertook photography, picking up my film camera and shooting an off the cuff film editorial in the bush. It was picked up and published and from then on, I just trusted my gut.
You have collaborated on more than one occasion with Oyster Mag, and most notably for their Peace Issue (102). What is your idea of peace?
Getting back down to basics, slowing down, going on road trips and adventures. [It is] taking this calm feeling and putting it back into your home.
What was it like working for Oyster? What is it about the team that you love?
The team is always changing here and there so it’s great to grow and collaborate with them. They let me run wild! And, they are very supportive.
Who are some of your style icons?
Sophia Coppola, Patti Smith, [and] I developed a bit of an Audrey Hepburn crush earlier this year.
Do you have any favourite designers or labels?
Reformation is great. Assembly is the best. Balenciaga. My Grandfather’s jewellery.
Is travel a major component of your job? Where is one place you’d love to visit?
YES. If it weren’t for travel I’d be… un-peaceful. All those beautiful locations that you can create stories in… Iceland next.
How would you describe your personal style?
Easy, minimal, sometimes playful, 90’s with old favorites.
What are some of the best moments you’ve had on the job?
Getting to hang with your muses in very intimate moments! And, being half nude in a shower filming.
And the worst? Any unfortunate moments?
Slipping in that shower.
What are you reading or watching at the moment?
Murakami’s 1082 and The Source
And listening to?
Lots of Eighties Swedish Psych-Rock [and] some German late Seventies Krautrock.
Your client list is very impressive! So, if there were any other publication or individual that you could work for, who would that be?
The list is endless. I love so many European publications [such as] i-D,Another, Purple, and Twin.
Are there any blogs or other websites that you visit daily?
It’s more… let’s get lost on the net rather than found. There are so many interesting things popping up on there every day. At the moment I’m finding the most interesting [thing] is sharing visual and music references every day with a friend over email.
What’s next for you? Where do you see yourself and your work in the next five years?
Completely somewhere else.
Words: Sophie Flecknoe. Image courtesy of Cara Stricker, Make Love to the World.