Tell us about yourself, who are you, where are you from, and what do you make?
“My name is Cara Harman and I’m LA-based photographer who recently graduated from Art Center College of Design. I really gravitate toward shooting haunting objects, landscapes, and people that seem like they are fleeting memories.”
How did you get started in photography?
“When I was in middle school I had this little old point-n-shoot camera that I would take everywhere with me. I’d photograph anything, really. Flowers, the sky, trees, etc. After a while my dad noticed my interest and decided to buy me my 1st Nikon 35mm film camera. That camera basically became my child and a solid fixture in my life. It’s the one I still shoot with today.”
What’s your inspiration?
“I’m inspired by imagery that I find haunting or melancholy. Two photographers that heavily influenced me were Francesca Woodman and J. John Priola. They both specialize in beautiful and eerie black and white. Their work has stuck with (and haunted me) ever since.”
How do you keep motivated? What’s the best advice you’ve been given?
“I’m not going to lie, sometimes it’s hard to keep yourself afloat and motivated, but taking pictures is pretty much engrained in me. I take pictures everyday, even if it’s off my iphone. I’m also determined in reaching my goal to have my work shown in a gallery, so that alone lights a fire under my ass haha. As far as advice goes, just to always want to better yourself and your work.”
Any words of wisdom to aspiring photographers who want to pursue a similar career?
“I’m not very good with words of wisdom, but I will say just to always have a drive to push forward. Things don’t happen right away in this field, and instead of sulking about it, you should be proactive and do something. Waiting around is no fun.”
What are your thoughts on art school?
“I think a solid education is great, and if you have the opportunity to go to school, you should. Your experiences throughout life are a wonderful way of learning, but school is that extra cherry on top. Everyone is different, though, some people may be perfectly fine without it.”
Have any future aspirations that you’d like to share?
“As I mentioned earlier, a huge aspiration is having my own show at a gallery, along with selling books of my current and future projects.”
Any other artists that you would like to recommend for others to check out as well?
“I could talk about the long list of talented photographers that are my Art Center friends and former classmates, but that list could go on for a while! In the meantime, I would check out the work of J. John Priola, Francesca Woodman, and Todd Hido.”