Photographer // Creative Director // Writer
Born into and raised by a family of ocean-lovers on the NSW South Coast, Russell first started documenting the ocean at the age of 17 using slide film and a single zoom lens. He quickly became obsessed and jumped on-board the digital revolution to purchase his first DSLR in the mid 2000s, and his first water housing in 2008. After honing his skills in the water and learning to quickly adapt to changing light, Russ earned his stripes as a photojournalist for Fairfax Media, starting on the South Coast and working his way up to larger assignments for the Sydney Morning Herald. Working in such a fast-paced environment led to a natural transition into documentary wedding photography, where Russ quickly excelled and was recruited by some of Australia’s largest studios. Never loosing his passion for ocean photography, Russ has held numerous exhibitions on the NSW South Coast, including the popular ‘Noonkanleek’ and ‘Summercloud’ shows. His work has featured in numerous print and online publications around the world, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Daily Mail, Buzzfeed, The Daily Telegraph, Stab Magazine, Riptide Magazine, Le Boogie Magazine, White Horses Magazine and Movement Magazine. After brief stints as Assistant Editor at Riptide Magazine, and Online Editor at Stab Magazine, Russ founded his own online surfing publication in 2012 called Cloak & Dagger Magazine, which went on to become one of the largest and fastest growing online surfing publications in the world. Now residing in Jervis Bay, but still basing a lot of his work out of Sydney, Russ photographs a variety of subjects including architecture, interiors, food, commercial, portraiture and weddings, and is currently working on his first photographic book of the sea.