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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


Print Shop Update

©Kara Rosenlund Hello There! Sorry about the lapse in blog posts I actually locked myself out of my blog admin page and couldn’t remember the password…worse than being locked out of home,  eeeek, modern times, modern times…. Anyway, thought I would share some of my new prints with you; I’ve updated a few more on the shop with some new work from my recent travels around Australia. My favourites are the Brumby in the bottom right and the Ghost Gums in the middle left! We are still shipping all over the world in time for Christmas, though will be cutting off international postage soon. There is also a little shipping special over on the shop too. Talking about brumbies – I found myself watching the film ‘The Man From Snowy River’ last night, ahhh, if you haven’t seen it in a while you should revisit it…. so beautiful! K x  


Kitchen Special – Inside Out Magazine

Giddy Up! Our ‘Wild Horses’ print is featured in this month’s October issue of Inside Out Magazine…… also featured is our kitchen here are home – with handy tips on how you can achieve my look…. fancy fancy! Here is the link to the print shop with the ‘Wild Horses’ – Christmas is coming… Giddy Up, wink wink, nudge, nudge. K x


Sydney Vignette Classes

©Kara Rosenlund Just thought I would give all you Sydney Siders a heads up to let you know that I will be in town next month for my Vignette Class with Megan Morton’s The School. There are two classes on Saturday the 4th of October – a morning and an afternoon. The morning class has already sold out, so if you would like to come along to the afternoon class than you better hop on board quick sticks! I take you through my own personally methodology when it comes to creating and building vignettes! It is truly such a fun way to spend 3 hours. Morning session is from 10am til 12.30pm and the afternoon session is from 2pm til 4.30pm. $120 a head. Visit The School for all booking details. K x  


Hamilton Island – Audi Hamilton Island Race Week

©Kara Rosenlund I’m very lucky that I’m invited to work on Hamilton Island regularly; last week I was invited up to capture all the excitement, glamorous events and anticipation of Audi Hamilton Island Race Week – an annual week long regatta where yachties, spectators and racegoers from all around the globe embark on Hamilton Island to race and soak up the atmosphere…. whenever I pack my bags I always know I’m in for such a great time up on the island….    … when I fly I always pack a bit of work to do on the plane, however when I fly to Hamilton Island I never do this too many distractions out the window… I can always guarantee that somehow a bubbling conversation is always ignited with the stranger next to me….the flights are always filled with such great atmosphere….I think it’s because it’s a really easy destination to get to and who doesn’t love palm trees, sunshine and the fragrance of coconut oil…   … Coming in over the islands…. the colour of the water gives me goosebumps every time…. …. I hit the ground running, checking into The Beach Club, a quick glance out to the swimming pool, ohmy,  see you soon pool…. quick outfit change and I then made my way to the first of many luxe events to cover for Audi Hamilton Island Race Week….   … First up was the Charles Heidsieck / Mr Porter Champagne Lunch, a three course menu by qualia’s executive chef Alastair Waddell in the Long Pavilion of qualia overlooking the perfect blue waters of the ocean and taking in the balmy Queensland sunshine….   … The place cards – I squealed with delight to the see this little anchor, it was designed by my friend – artist James Gordon… clever man Jimmy! … The soiree then moved from The Long Pavilion down to qualia’s Pebble Beach for a more relaxed pool party afternoon vibe…. ….Yes, if I was stranded on an island I too would want to have my travel trunk full of Charles Heidsieck, the finest champagne in the world with me….   …. This is Jimmy Niggles… I met him at lunch; he has been growing his beard for four years in a pursuit to raise awareness and conversation for having regular skin checkups. This all came about when Jimmy lost a dear friend of his to melanoma, so long story short Jimmy has taken it upon himself to spread the word to have regular skin check ups through his ‘conversation starter’ of a beard it worked for me, I started a chat with him based on his beard….. this is his website too – beard or no beard, I think what Jimmy is doing is pure good – what a dude!   …. Ah, the beautiful folk having a grand time…. …. Then as the sun went down the party kept rolling loooong into the evening…. …. Come day break my room was bathed in glorious morning golden light…… … Took my new nautical espadrilles out for a spin….have to fit in you know, ‘When in Rome…..’   …. The extremely comfortable room at The Beach Club….. also known as home for the next three days….   …. Accompanied by the best croissants this side of Paris…… … After breakfast I decided to head down to the marina to have a look around and see what was kicking down there…. it was here I ran into my soon to be new friend Ian – a yachtie… I was chatting to Ian and I said how I really wanted to get out onto a boat to shoot things from a different perspective… Ian said, ‘Well, Kara – Can you swim?’ – me – ‘Yes’…… Ian – ‘Do you get seasick?’…… um….. silence…me – ‘uh.. No, never’ ….. I lied, I soooo lied, I get sea sick on a pontoon let alone a boat. Ian – ‘Well, I have a boat, why don’t you come out with us?’….. me – ‘Great…..great… what are the chances’…. …. ah the kindness of strangers, so this was me for the next few hours….. aboard the stunning Mista Gybe….hoping that in fact that maybe my seasickness had just always been in my head….   … Before we set off from […]


Roadtrip – The Northern Territory

 ©Kara Rosenlund Thought I would share my latest road trip with you, straight down the centre of the Northern Territory, Australia…. I couldn’t believe how fast and dramatic the landscape changed along the three day journey….. I have always wanted to visit the NT and of course Uluru, though flying into Alice Springs and driving out just didn’t feel right for me, I wanted a longer journey which made the reward – being Uluru, feel deserved….. If you have the chance to make the trip I would strongly recommend the drive from Darwin. There is just something silencing about a road trip; you set off with your head ablaze with city stresses and before long the landscape dissolves all the pressures….today’s post is a lengthy one, make yourself a cuppa and settle in….  … I arrived in Darwin and was welcomed by the winter heat in the air… I was keen to hit the road, so I headed straight out of Darwin down the Stuart Highway to Katherine for the night…. watching the landscape change in the light as I drove…  … passed many a ‘road train’ on the highway; some of the longest I have ever seen with numerous dogs – dogs is trucker talk for trailers – impressed? Some empty, some full of cattle. I found the truck drivers to be very considerate on the road, indicating and waving when it was safe to overtake and giving a friendly ‘Hoy’ hello when passing in the opposite direction, in actual fact there was so much ‘hoying’ happening on the highway my index fingers were feeling the strain of the kindness….  …. what I love most about road tripping is when you see something you want to take a shot of or take a closer look at you just can pull over – hence this herd of curious brahman lining the highway in parts….     … driving into Katherine on dusk; the ghost gums almost glowed against the back burnt scrub… … and then on to Tennant Creek…. old gems like these make my heart sing; original old establishments lost in time…  … back on the road for sunrise…. watching the electric colours of the dry grass alight whizz by, framed by the car window….  … I like looking out for quirky things along the way; something unexpected, something that makes you realise that within the vast open country activity is happening…     … then after three days of driving the colour palette of the land intensified and I realised I was in the heart of Australia, in the red desert… I had arrived…  … I was very fortunate to stay at Longitude 131; I had always wanted to stay here, for years and years. I would see shots in magazines of the luxury tents nestled in the sand dunes of the desert and rip out the pages and stick them onto my mood boards. Their timeless nature really stayed with me, immersed in the wilderness with views of the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park. I had promised myself that if I ever had the chance to make the journey to Uluru I would make the most of it by staying at Longitude 131… who wouldn’t want to wake up to Uluru… … each tent plays a visual narrative; homage to a notable pioneering Australian who has had a significant impact and challenged Australia’s vast interior; either through exploration, anthropology or indigenous rights, including Edward John Eyre, John O’Hara Bourke and William John Wills, John McDouall Stuart, Ernest Giles, William Christie Goss, Sir Sydney Kidman, John Flynn, Jane Webb, Bill Harney, Len Tuit, EJ Connellan, Ian and Lyn Conway, Peter Severin, Olive Pink and Bill King… impressive line up…  … the interiors of the each of the tents are very considered…. lots of framed handwritten letters and paper ephemera matching the unique person of whom the tent is named. This particular tent was named after Ernest Giles, the Australian explorer…. and given the style and layout of Longitude 131 you really feel as though you are a little bit of an explorer – discovering the undiscovered… … nothing was overlooked at Longitude 131…. even the colour palette of the furnishing and […]



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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