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Stories from The Australia Collection – Part 1

With all the exciting news about my book pre-release I thought I’d also let you know there are 12 new prints in the shop. A brand new collection of my favourite images from Shelter: How Australians Live.

Over the next few weeks I thought I’d share the story behind each image.


The Design Files

Hello! In a week full of very special events – today I’d love to say thank you so much to Lucy and the amazing team at The Design Files for featuring me and my new book today, and for all the support you’ve shown me over the years.

Welcome to any lovely people popping over from the feature. I thought I’d see you through the front door and show you around – thanks for visiting!

For more info about my brand new book (and the advance copies available now) click here, if you love a good party and pop-up shop join me soon in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. If you’d like to explore the blog – here are a few of my most popular posts.


Exclusive Pre-Release of Shelter – This Monday Night

It’s nearly here!! Oh, the excitement! I’ve got my hot little hands on a limited number of copies of my new book Shelter – BEFORE the official release date.

I’m putting them in the shop this Monday night – the 12th of October. I’m bringing out my ‘special’ pen and signing all the books. As a special gift I’m going to include a signed 8×10″ print of one of my favourite images, printed on lovely archival rag paper, with every purchase – to say thank you for all of your support.


Namibia – Himba, Part Three

Three of three, here we go, the last instalment of the Himba of Namibia.

I sat in the sand with this Himba elder…. she thought I was a little unusual, as even the Himba don’t sit in the sand, they sit on rocks or on animal hides, they don’t like the sand too much….she would laugh at me and we would natter away, waving our hands to communicate … she wanted to see the back of the camera, so I would show her, she was surprised how old she looked….she thinks she is about 60 years old, maybe….I told her I thought she was beautiful…

After seeing the back of my camera and with the help of our tracker Nestor, he translated a conversation between the the two of us. This Himba elder asked me to share my pictures of her tribe with the world… to show the world her tribe, and I promised I would… quite the statement, Himba’s don’t do subtle….


Namibia – Himba, Part Two

Welcome back to the second instalment…. I’m so pleased you guys are enjoying this series, it really means a lot to me that you are interested and intrigued.

I can’t tell you how much of a privilege it was to be able to make this journey and spend time with these proud women. It really was an adventure, travelling to the remote fringes where this particular Himba tribe live and just watching and observing, interacting in a very primitive way.

I’m so curious and find how people live to be so fascinating, as maybe you do too.


Namibia – Himba, Part One

Some of you may remember I visited Namibia in Africa about eight weeks ago. The trip really came out of nowhere, I had just finished the final design stages of my interiors book (available next month, nudge nudge)… so I was looking for the next real ‘thing’… something new, which I could totally lose myself in and which was emotional and had substance… not sure exactly what it would be, or even where it would be, though I had a feeling it was out there somewhere.

So when the opportunity arose to visit Johannesburg I couldn’t help but think that maybe the next ‘thing’ would be in Africa, somewhere… what attracted me to Namibia was the vastness and the isolation, it is one of the least populated countries on earth and for some reason this really excited me.


Namibia Launch

©Kara Rosenlund  I recently spent some time travelling through vast Namibia, in Africa. An extraordinary and surreal time now I look back on it. The tribes, the landscapes, the language…. Over the next few days I will be working on a reeeally large blog post of my travels to share with you! There will be the experiences with the  Himba tribes and how they live, the Herero tribes women and their elaborate colourful fashion and also the everyday people of the country, like Hilary in the above shot….who I love…. plus lots of aerial shots of the landscapes taken from our incy weeny plane think landmower with wings. I’ll also be including the images which instagram and Facebook banned from social media and didn’t want you to see.  An exciting week ahead. Viva Namibia! K x


Shelter – Chapter Two

©Kara Rosenlund Continuing on with last weeks theme of going through my upcoming new book, I’m sharing a photograph from each chapter… a photograph which is sentimental and has a bit more of an emotional undertone. This weeks shot is from Chapter Two. One thing which surprised me while doing this year long road trip around Australia was how much time I actually spent completely alone, as I searched for authentic homes and intriguing landscapes. Just me, driving, alone and searching… never sure exactly what I was searching for… instead I would be listening to a feeling… that feeling of when you think you can see a photograph… something would stir within me. I couldn’t drive past and ignore that feeling, I would need to pull over to get a sense of what I thought was in the landscape…most times, a shot was always there… Instincts are there to be heard. K x P.S I’ll have more info on the book pre-order and book tour dates and travelling exhibition soon. I’m working on a rocking video to share with you first…. so sign up to the mailing list below to be the first to know more. Everyone likes to be the first to know more…


Shelter – Chapter One

 ©Kara Rosenlund I thought I would pick a favourite shot from each of the twelve chapters of my upcoming book and share them with you over the next few weeks. Don’t worry, its not a ‘spoiler alert’, would never want to spoil any of the fun of going through the *actual book yourself. Think of it more as me highlighting some of the softer, quieter images, the tender ones. Like this little detail from a country cottage. While sensitively renovating this ‘wattle and daub’ home, the owners found layers of old newspaper and hessian underneath old wallpaper.  So they collected as many of the layered pieces that were still intact which hadn’t disintegrated, and framed them. A sentimental way to be reminded of the history of their small little cottage. K x  


Shelter – How Australians Live

It has been a loooong time between drinks here on the blog, but I’m back in the blogging chair with some big news to hit you with! I promise I won’t leave like that again. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook you might have seen that I spent most of last year travelling all over Australia – meeting strangers, driving down dirt tracks and getting lost. But most importantly I was documenting authentic interiors I found along the way and the people who live within our vast Australian landscape. I can finally reveal all that nomadic behaviour was for a book – my book!  I just received the first advance copy hot off the press and I’m so excited to tell you more about it. I had this idea for an interiors book which was quintessentially Australian. A book which documented the tired, rambling, crumbling and authentic homes which we are so familiar with, yet are seldom celebrated in the pages of magazines. I had grown tired of looking abroad for inspiration and interior trends which never suit the Australian climate. While driving through country Australia I found myself looking to the landscape here and becoming more sympathetic towards our older homes and growing more curious of the interiors of these old homes. Strangely or perhaps because ‘things happen for a reason’ Penguin Lantern got in touch and offered me a book deal, so I told them my idea… I spent the rest of the year unearthing and finding authentic homes. I followed a ‘bush telegraph’ in conversation. I would talk to one person who had an interesting home in country Victoria and they would say ‘Kara, you need to go to Tasmania, my brothers next door neighbour has this amazing old shack – you would love it’ – so I would go. Following the conversation all over the country. Being welcomed into strangers homes and documenting how Australians live. From a tiny wooden shack in northern NSW with no electricity, to a remote island in the heart of the D’Entrecasteaux Channel in Tasmania. If the home sounded like it had spirit, I would go. It’s weird to have a book you know. I look at it now, literally, it’s next to me as I type this, and it contains all the emotion of probably the best year of my life. That sense of freedom which you only allow yourself to feel when you don’t know where you are going…. Over the next couple of months I’ll be sharing some behind the scenes looks at the book. If you’ve got any questions about the book leave a comment and I’ll answer them as best I can. Also, if you’d like to hear more updates about the book join my mailing list below. Enter your email for updates



Kara Rosenlund is an Australian photographer, stylist, storyteller, adventurer and author.

Her love for authenticity and adventure is celebrated through her photography. She is passionate about Australia and how we all live within its vast landscape. Kara photographs and shares her visual stories from her adventures, inspired by the everyday people and landscapes she encounters.

Her first hardcover interiors book, Shelter - How Australians Live, will be published in October, 2015.

Above all else Kara is a lover of all things real. She shares her humble life through her Blog, Facebook and Instagram.

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