Brisbane-based photographer Kara Rosenlund has just released her new print collection, WILD, allowing viewers to escape reality with nature.
Inspired by her connection to the Australian landscape and her life on the road, WILD draws on Kara’s design philosophy based on the idea of ‘bringing nature into the home’.
We were lucky enough to speak with the talented photographer to find out all about her new collection and get some tips on bringing nature into our own homes.
So Kara, what inspired your new collection, WILD?
This body of work is a lot more gentle and softer than previous print collections. The inspiration has come back to how the natural elements make me feel. When I return home to the city after being in the country or by the beach, I pine for that sense of space and freedom and how the landscape makes me feel.
A lot of your work revolves around Australia, its interiors and landscapes. Why do you love Australia so much?
It just offers so much in a visual sense. Our landscape is really so exotic and at each turn there is a different colour palette and landscape form to be inspired by.
Looking at your work, we feel as if that each piece tells a different story – is this something you were going for?
Absolutely! Essentially as a photographer I’m a visual storyteller and each image holds the opportunity to tell a different story, whether that’s by the beach or in the bush.
What are some of your tips for bringing nature into the home?
Including photographic work on your walls is the best way. I love how my photographic work allows you to ‘fall into the landscape’. Even if you live in the city you can still ‘wake up’ to the beach if you have a framed work in the bedroom.
What are your dos and don’ts of styling, in terms of using natural design elements in the home?
Firstly, you have to be true to yourself. Your home needs to reflect the person you are. So understanding your personal style is the best place to start.
Incorporating natural design in the home doesn’t mean you have to live with branches and feathers in jars everywhere. You can be just as inspired by nature in a subtle way. For instance, the colour of a seashell or a piece of scribbly gum bark. You can take these things to the paint shop and bring nature into your home this way.
Why do you think it’s important to bring an element of nature into your home?
It’s good for the soul to be reminded that there are others things at play besides our own hectic schedules in this digital age. To be connected to something which is natural and real is a primitive desire and we all need a heavy dose of it.
What do you love most about photography?
Being able to share what I see with others. To stir a memory or a sentimental moment which speaks to a stranger is something I don’t take for granted.
Have you ever taken photographs that just didn’t work out?
Of course, through the disappointments it helps harness and train your eye and instincts for what you know will work out.
What would be your favourite photo you’ve ever taken?
My most favourite image I have ever captured would have to be of the clothesline of artist Lucy Culliton’s from my book Shelter: How Australians Live. It’s called ‘Dividing Range’ and it is a simple clothesline covered in washing in the garden in Winter.
The power of this shot is in its ordinariness. I find a lot of beauty in the nostalgic ordinary, which we can all relate to.
What would you says are the dos and don’ts for photo styling?
Keep it real and have fun with it. I’m not really about dos or don’ts. Just listen to your instincts.
Kara Rosenlund’s collection, WILD can be purchased online from Kara’s print shop www.shop.kararosenlund.com