cara stricker captures everything she loves most in the world

Cara Stricker is an Australian-born, New York-based photographer-and-filmmaker whose endless energy and enthusiasm for life pours out of her work. It’s youth captured by youth and everyone is empowered in the process.

17 July 2014, 4:55am

Cara's at an exciting point in her career - her evident talent and positive attitude have made her a sought-after creative powerhouse. In the small windows of time left between travelling to shoot for high-end luxury houses and working with her friends on personal projects, she likes nothing more than to walk around Brooklyn in her pyjamas.

How has your summer been so far?
It's just beginning. I'm loving it for the first time in three years. Heat is good!

You just wrapped up a show called Make Love to the World at Hole Gallery, congratulations. Can you tell us a bit about it.
The show explores the creative collective unconscious by presenting super-real and everyday routines surrounding stigmas associated with male and female roles - to move beyond the constructs of the human body. Through interactive installation, I hoped to encourage the audience to embrace their innate primitive senses by exposing our magnetic relationship with nature. It was about going beyond sexism, towards sex, and forcing the eye back into a natural state of being. I'm interested in putting trust back into our human instincts and sexuality and hope to inspire new thought.

That's incredibly ambitious! Your work tends to involve collaborations with lots of your creative friends.
Yeah. Each of the people I work with have their own voice and usually the connections come about naturally. This year began with my working with the music producer Boots [who was involved in Beyoncé's fifth album] who really made me look back into my own life and challenge the way the world suggests you should operate. I've known Kirin J Callinan for ten years and remember making a light instillation for his first performance whilst he was in drag singing on stage. My brother, Daniel Stricker and sister-in-law Jedda Daisy are both artists and musicians and we all help each other out. Other collaborations have been with Roger O'Donnell [The Cure], who I met at a dinner one night. Then there's Abbey Lee - we help each other through creative decisions and playing roles, Naomi Shimada who I met on a boat 15 years ago, Georgia Pratt, Holland Brown and John Kirby. I hope there will be more too - I enjoy their views on life and am always inspired by them and what they create.

Do you prefer to shoot on film or digital?
Film always.

For this interview, we shot a series of portraits of you. Are you happier in front of the camera or behind it?
I'm more comfortable behind it, but love exploring in front of it. It really depends on the project and the person shooting. Anyone I've shot I'd be happy in front of. Being a part of moving image seems more natural in a way though.

Earlier this year you shot for Chanel in Paris. It's exciting that such an established brand is open to working with young talent. Can you tell us a bit about it.
It was incredible and all happened so fast. I went with Alex Spencer from and it was just the way we work, intimate, playful and all shot on film. Chanel were entirely open to creative involvement and expression over the four days we were their guests. It was so inspiring seeing the 'fairies' who work with Karl in the Atelier, the galleries, wardrobes, Coco's apartment including the private Dali piece behind her couch. I love their idea of 'friends of the house' - watching musicians and inspirations walking in and out of Karl's office was refreshing. I was so honoured to be part of the whole experience.
Alex and I have another film in the works, which should be out at the end of the month.

What's your favourite part of living in this age of social media?
It's more individualised. No one knows how it's going to develop, and it's constantly changing.

What's your least favourite part of living in this age of social media?
Its infiltration of human interaction.

What's a great day for you?
Nature, laughing, no computer, wake up, juice, flow, sleep.

What's in your future?
Music. A lot of Music. Food and Love.


Photography Hannah Scott Stephenson