JONATHAN CHERRY: What did you want to be growing up?
CAROLINE ALEXANDER: A stunt co-ordinator. Not sure why… I think the idea might have come to me after going to see a stunt show at Disneyland or something, but I was only about 8 years old at the time. Around 10 I was given a camera and I knew I wanted to do something artistic (although that hasn’t stopped me from jumping out of a plane for fun)
JC: Who or what is inspiring you at the moment?
CA: My friend, Heather Romney, always offers up some great inspiration. Her work is always so different and unique, and she uses light in a beautiful way. Anna Wade, a fantastic Scottish hairstylist that I’ve worked with is always doing new super creative shoots with local photographers that I love checking out. I also came across this set by Matthieu Belin recently that I’m in love with. The colours, lighting and model and all so striking. Other than photographers, I like to take inspiration from pieces of writing and create narrative photo series around them.
JC: What are you up to right now?
CA: I just moved to Toronto 5 and a half months ago from Scotland, so I’m trying to adjust to that. I work at Toronto Image Works which is probably the best place for a new photographer to work! It’s great to meet photographers that I studied at University and get to talk to them about their work and see it being produced. I’m also freelancing for a couple of companies as well as trying to squeeze in some of my own stuff, which is proving to be difficult…
JC: Have you had mentors along the way?
CA: Yes, I was lucky enough to have some great people to teach me the ropes, namely my University tutors Dave Williams, Colin Cavers, Catriona Grant and Susanne Ramsenthaler. Without their encouragement, patience and honest opinions, I wouldn’t be where I am right now.
JC: Where are you based right now and how is it shaping you?
CA: Moving to Toronto was a huge change and an even bigger challenge. I didn’t know anyone when I came here, but I think that helped to improve my confidence and prove to myself that I was capable of doing things on my own. It’s a great feeling to know that you took a huge leap of faith and it worked out ok.
JC: One piece of advice to photography graduates?
CA: This is a difficult one… I’d say above all, keep creating images that are different. Sometimes you can get stuck in a rut and keep producing work that’s all the same, but it’s great to show that your style can be flexible and that you can continue to push your creative boundaries.
JC: If all else fails - what is your plan B?
CA: I don’t have a plan B. I think we can create our own success, and even though it may take a while and it may be tiring, anything is possible. Right now I’m happy doing what I do, although a little more free time to do creative shoots would be nice!
JC: Is it important to you to be a part of a creative community?
CA: Not especially. I love being around creative people but most of my friends are in different careers, which is great because they help to give you a different perspective on things.