Ragnhild Utne

Wanderlust

I’ve become more and more unsure of what I want to do with my life after I finish my degree in Melbourne. As I went through some images earlier today, to make a new Photoshop action for summery images, I became all sentimental and really just wanted to pack my things and get away – having no worries of what tomorrow will bring. I guess I just need to log off Pinterest and Instagram and stop looking at all these incredible photos of places around the world. My list of places I’d someday like to visit is becoming quite long.

The photo above is from a trip to Santorini the summer of 2012. Santorini is a place I always think back of – it’s just one of the most amazing places one can visit. And the light is so perfect for photography. I’ve already put this island on my list – again, though there are a few places further away that I would visit first, like Petra, Doha, San Francisco, Palm Springs, Grand Canyon, Joshua Tree National Park and Marrakech. And then on my way home, I’ll stop off in Italy and Greece.

All these dreams…

 

If you’d like to get that warm look on your images as well, you can purchase the Photoshop action from my Etsy shop.

White Out

A few images from the editorial that I shot of my sister for the latest issue of Freedom Magazine.

I’ve always wanted to do a shoot with a clean look but instead of buying the clothes I decided to make them myself. Luckily, my dad owns a sewing machine (ironically) that I borrowed and I found some really affordable fabrics in a store outside Stavanger. The tailoring is not perfect but it was fun doing everything from the clothing design to putting the pieces together, and I got the clothes that I imagined.

The place I’m from in Norway is quite small and it’s not as easy finding makeup artists to collaborate with as it is in Melbourne, so I had to do the hair and makeup myself for this one. My sister didn’t need much makeup, though. Her pale skin, blonde hair and blue eyes sort of did the job itself. I basically just wanted her skin to look dewy.

We Wear Future

One last photo shoot, one broken photo frame and one more can of gold spray paint and I was finally ready for the opening night of ‘We Wear Future’.

The exhibition was absolutely lovely and so many talents had their work presented. A close friend from uni came with me and was acting like a proud mum and taking photos of me posing next to my images, which was totally cool since my mum wasn’t able to attend. I was lucky to get a really good spot for my work – so you wouldn’t be able to avoid it, even if you wanted to.

They were also serving free ciders from Kopparberg, which made it even more enjoyable for a poor student (which would be myself).

This is the first fashion exhibition that I’ve taken part in and it feels amazing having my images showcased during the Melbourne Fashion Festival. I’m hoping that things like these can become a door opener for my career.

Behind the Scenes

It feels good being back down in Australia – especially when I get to work with these incredibly talented people again. Today’s been all about shooting the last image for an exhibition during Melbourne’s Fashion Festival that I’m participating in. It’s called ‘We Wear Future’ and I’m showcasing a metallic series of four images (you can see a couple of the other images in the background – all framed and ready to be viewed at the gallery). So if you’re in Melbourne this Friday at 6pm, head over to the opening night at Brunswick Street Gallery for some cheap drinks, cool music and incredible work by a large variety of artists. I’ll be doing something cool with the frames as well, to make them stand out, so I’ll be sharing some images from the opening.

Countdown

Only a few days left until I’ll be sitting on a plane Down Under again. Before that time arrives I’ll be visiting my sister up north on Svalbard once more this holiday. I’m on my way already actually. A couple more hours and I’ll be there, freezing my fingers off.I’m getting used to packing my things in a suitcase, and I’ve become quite skilled at it as well. You know what’s worse than packing? Unpacking. My suitcase tends to lay on my bedroom floor for another week after returning from a trip. But it’s all worth it, though.

I’m crossing my fingers that there won’t be any bad weather when I’m leaving Svalbard on Sunday, seeing as my flight to Australia is on Tuesday morning. Yes, I know, unpacking and packing all in one day.

I’m feeling excited about starting uni again. I’ve enrolled in a few classes that all sound quite interesting. Classes like Art Direction, Creative Advertising and Introduction to Publication Design. And we’ll be working on our folios all year towards the end of our degree which I’m very much looking forward to. It all sounds promising for my New Year’s resolutions, which I’m planning to keep.

 

Future Faces

Editorial shot for the second issue of Freedom Magazine.
For this editorial I photographed 9 agency represented models and asked about their opinions on different topics related to the fashion industry, such as misconceptions, eating, self-esteem and experiences regarding their modelling career.

Photography and text by myself.

Makeup and hair nicely done by Amy Bysouth, Elise Bysouth, Sari Lawrence and Madeleine Grace.

Models are Paris W. @ Brazen Models, Demi E. @ Brazen Models, Lucie D. @ Pride Models, Elizabeth B. @ FRM Model Management, Alex Celeste G. @ Chadwick Models, Shadelle S. @ Chadwick Models, Ellen L. S. @ FRM Model Management, Tyler G., Ellen Lousie R. @ Giant Management

2015

It’s scary how fast time passes. It feels like I moved to Australia a few months ago but I’ve lived there for 2 years now and am both excited and scared about starting my 3rd at RMIT Uni. The scary part is what’s going to happen once I finish. Will I stay? Will I move to another great city to pursue my dreams? Or will I decide to do something entirely different? Photography has been such a big passion the last years and has only grown since. I can’t imagine myself doing something differently as a career – I always feel like I need to create something.
And since it’s a new year, and everyone’s making these new year’s resolutions, I decided to make a few of my own. First of all, I will blog heaps more than what I’ve done the last two years. Blogging is not just a way of sharing my photos and thoughts with you but also a way of looking back at all the wonderful things that have happened. And seeing as my last year in Australia has started, I will have so much to look back at. And now that I finally got the MacBook I’ve been drooling over, I can start blogging on the go.

Second, shoot more. I spend so much time planning shoots but usually end up never doing them. I always take photos for our uni assignments but sometimes I forget why I wanted to do photography in the first place. So, I will start shooting more for me and not forgetting why I love it so much.

In a year, I’ll look back at this post and see if I actually succeeded.