2 Minutes with Cass Bird

Annie | 6 July 2011

Cass Bird reckons she was never a natural at photography, which, to be frank, is kind of hard to believe. From her intimate portraiture to the carefree spontaneity of her advertising campaigns and commercial work, the lady sure knows how to capture a vibe. If you can look at any of her images for more than a few minutes without being tempted to throw in your job, move to New York and spend the rest of your days cruising round on your bike in an endless summer (it’s always summer) then you have no soul. She took some time out from being awesome to tell us a bit about how she got started.

What inspired you to first pick up a camera?
My first girlfriend, Nicole Ehrilch, made me take a Photography 101 class with her in college.  I don’t remember the first picture I took but it probably wasn’t very good.  I wasn’t a natural.

What do you try to capture in your work?
Spontaneity, humour, and moments that feel free and intimate.

What inspires you?
Youth, and people who freely express themselves.

What was your first ever job?
Shooting a friend of mine, Seth Green, for publicity pictures.  He asked me personally.

What do you wish you’d known at 18?
How to be real – still trying to figure that out.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
“If you’re not living on the edge then you’re taking up too much room.”

Check out more of her work at cassbird.com.

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