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Amsterdam

If you follow me on Instagram, you already know that I went to Amsterdam a couple of weeks ago to visit a friend. Scandinavian Airlines had good deals on flight tickets, and I could not let this great opportunity for a cheap trip go to waste. The last time I went to this beautiful city, I was around 11 years old and was road tripping through Europe with my dad and sister to go to Disneyland. Walking through the Red Light District by accident has become a tradition.
I spent most of the last day by myself as my friend, Johan, had to go to work. Except from walking through dodgy streets, I spent my time alone exploring the city and its architecture, cafés and all the canals with their interesting boathouses. We also ate incredibly delicious Italian pizzas at ‘De Pizzabakkers’ on Plantage Kerklaan.

Buildings near the canals in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Eating delicious Italian pizzas at the Pizzabakkers in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Tasty Italian pizzas at the Pizzabakkers in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Eating delicious Italian pizzas at the Pizzabakkers in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Interesting architecture in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Hangout at TOKI café in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Fanfare

An image from a recent shoot was on Thursday published in Fanfare, a Norwegian culture magazine, now selling in a variety of kiosks and book stores around Norway. Though we only needed one photo for the publication, I had to capture more images of this young beauty. Her eyes are incredible!
The model is stunning Mairead McGovern from Chadwick Models Melbourne with makeup beautifully done by Mariska Harasymiw.

Mairead McGowend from Chadwick Models Melbourne featured in Fanfare, a Norwegian culture magazine. Photography by Ragnhild Utne. Makeup by Mariska Harasymiw.

Mairead McGowend from Chadwick Models Melbourne featured in Fanfare, a Norwegian culture magazine. Photography by Ragnhild Utne. Makeup by Mariska Harasymiw.

Mairead McGowend from Chadwick Models Melbourne featured in Fanfare, a Norwegian culture magazine. Photography by Ragnhild Utne. Makeup by Mariska Harasymiw.

Mairead McGowend from Chadwick Models Melbourne featured in Fanfare, a Norwegian culture magazine. Photography by Ragnhild Utne. Makeup by Mariska Harasymiw.

Mairead McGowend from Chadwick Models Melbourne featured in Fanfare, a Norwegian culture magazine. Photography by Ragnhild Utne. Makeup by Mariska Harasymiw.

Aesop Fitzroy

You’re probably familiar with the Australian skin care brand Aesop. If you’ve heard of it, but not tried any of their products, you should. They use high quality ingredients, many of which are plant-based. They produce a variety of skin, hair and body care products as well as fragrances.
What catches your eyes before trying out their products, is the packaging – everything from the simple typography to the clean and sophisticated finish.
My favourite so far is their Resurrection Aromatique Hand Balm which smells amazing and doesn’t leave your hands sticky after use, which is the main reason why I haven’t used much hand lotion over the years. I moved home to Norway last week – which marked the end of my Australian adventure – but luckily to me Aesop opened their first store in Norway a couple of years ago, on Prinsens gate in Oslo. The store was designed by Snøhetta – a Norwegian architecture firm who also designed YME Universe on Karl Johans gate and the 9/11 Memorial Museum Pavilion in New York.

aesop melbourne fitzroy australia body care lotion hand balm natural ingredients skin care quality anti-oxidants nikon d810 sigma 50mm art f1.4

aesop melbourne fitzroy australia body care lotion hand balm natural ingredients skin care quality anti-oxidants nikon d810 sigma 50mm art f1.4

aesop melbourne fitzroy australia body care lotion hand balm natural ingredients skin care quality anti-oxidants nikon d810 sigma 50mm art f1.4

Étiquette

Before Christmas I collaborated with my friends and designers, Stine Kristoffersen and Kyle Gilbert, who in October launched Étiquette – a ring label that encapsulates their taste for aesthetics with the vision ‘simpe yet significant’. The rings are perfect for every occasion. They’re not too bold nor too shiny. I’ve been wearing my own ‘The Heidi’ nonstop.
You can see their entire collection of men’s and women’s sterling silver rings on their website.
The model photographed is young beauty Elizabeth Buller from Scene Model Management in Melbourne, wearing makeup beautifully done by Mariska Harasymiw. Styling by myself.

A day in Oslo

Since my flight down to Melbourne was departing from Oslo just over a week ago, and before I had to survive a 40 degrees temperature change, my mum and I went to Oslo a day earlier to enjoy the city together.
Luckily to me, Christmas lasted a bit longer in Oslo. Winter is my favourite season of the year along with Christmas. I love the darkness, the cold, and all the fairy lights that have been put up. It sounds crazy as I’m currently living in Australia. The news is (can’t say it’s either good or bad) that I’ll be moving back home in mid-March. My plan was to stay in Australia and apply for a new visa, but the longer I stay the harder it will be to leave at a later stage. Copenhagen will be awaiting me in late July – which is another dream come true. Plus, I’m totally in love with Scandinavia.

Karl Johans Gate in Oslo a cold winter's day in January 2016.

Grand Hotel on Karl Johans Gate in Oslo, Norway, a cold winter's day in January 2016.

Acne Studios advertisement on Hegdehaugsveien in Oslo, Norway, a cold winter's day in January 2016.

Breakfast at Kaffebrenneriet on Hegdehaugsveien in Oslo, Norway, January of 2016.

2015 in review

2015 was a busy year for me. Because so many things happened – some worth mentioning, some not – I’ve tried to sum it up as shortly as possible through a few questions to myself.

What countries did you visit? Australia (of course), Scotland, Singapore, New Zealand.

What was the most amazing place you visited? That’s a tough one. It’s either Edinburgh or the Whitsunday Islands.

What important lesson did you learn? To get out of bad situations as soon as possible.

What one event will you tell your grandchildren about? That I was invited to meet Their Majesties the King and Queen of Norway at their first official state visit to Australia in February.

What have you done in 2015 that you want to do more of in the future? Travel! In 2015, I sat on 47 different airplanes and I’m currently carrying 5 different currencies. I feel like these are great excuses to travel again in near future.

What are you proud of? That I was elected as a new board member of ANSA’s Main Board for 15/16.

What is your favourite photo taken in 2015? I couldn’t decide, so these two are probably my favourites out of the bunch of photos I’ve taken over the year.

What goals did you achieve this year? I graduated from RMIT University with a Bachelor of Arts (Photography) with Distinction.

What will you do differently this year? To bring my camera with me everywhere I go like I used to, and to not be as critical to my work as I sometimes can be – it’s killing the fun of photography. And also to work harder and build my career.

Erasure

Collaboration with Fashion Designer Andrija Sala-Christopher, shooting her graduate collection at RMIT University. Photographic series published on Coeval Magazine.

Collaboration with Fashion Designer Andrija Sala-Christopher, shooting her graduate collection at RMIT University. Photographic series published on Coeval Magazine.

I had the pleasure of working with talented Fashion Designer Andrija Sala-Christopher a few weeks ago, where we shot her graduate collection at RMIT University. The series was published on Coeval Magazine last week. Have a look at the feature here.
For her Major Project, she has continued following her interest and exploration of political and historic subject matter, from her point of view that fashion is an evolving visual language of communication. Her collection, ‘The Disappeared’, considers the topic of censorship by looking back to the tyrannical reign of Joseph Stalin and the extreme processes that were used to manipulate and control the Soviet people.
Makeup by Maddie Levett, hair by Angela Oulsnam, styling by Grace Louey, model is Ashlee Anne Scotland at Giant Management Melbourne.