Cait Oppermann is a New York-based photographer with a client roster that includes Nike, Google, The FADER, GQ, The New Yorker, and WIRED. She is a Young Guns winner as well as one of PDN's 30 Photographers to Watch in 2017.
We are excited to share "Set Piece," a personal project for which she traveled across the country visiting National Women's Soccer League players at various clubs. Some represent the US Women's National Team, others are Olympic medalists. This body of work is a true celebration of these women's efforts both on and off the field.
A CHAT WITH CAIT:
INSIDE/OUT: Do you play any sports? Any other wellness related rituals or activities?
CAIT OPPERMANN: I grew up playing sports - several practices a week of a variety of activities. Soccer, basketball, baseball/softball, tennis, as well as skateboarding in my cul-de-sac with my friends and racing motocross. For now, I have a regular gym schedule that keeps my head clear, but I'm hoping to rally some troops for a monthly indoor soccer scrimmage.
I/O: Your thoughts on female empowerment or feminism?
CO: My view is extremely simple. Everyone should be a feminist. I can't wrap my head around any alternative.
I/O: Any particular challenges or obstacles you have faced or are facing in your industry or as a woman?
CO: All of the time. My career to this point has been a process of learning, evading, and overcoming such obstacles. There are big things and small things, too. The small things don't seem so small when they add up...things like walking on set and having the first person who sees me ask if I'm the stylist or hair & makeup (who are no less important, but I'm merely trying to say that I don't appreciate the assumptions about what kinds of jobs men and women have). Nope, I'm the boss and this is my set. At the end of the day, I work hard and do what I'm good at. And that's served me quite well!
I/O: What says 'New York' to you?
CO: Diversity and the celebration of it.
I/O: A song, artist or album?
CO: Charli XCX - Pop 2. The whole album on repeat forever.
I/O: A food or drink?
CO: Coffee with cream (no sugar), Passionfruit La Croix (side by side on my desk every day).
I/O: A wish or manifestation?
CO: For women's soccer to get the viewership (and money, and resources) that it deserves.
I/O: Recommended resources?
CO: Still Processing (podcast) and I'll Be Gone In The Dark (book about the Golden State Killer by the late Michelle McNamara). The one single item I won't buy on Amazon is books. Bookstores are important, so I pay a little more and buy it in person because if we don't support our local bookstores, we'll miss them when they're gone!