From Margaret River, West Australia Ordy has earned world-wide recognition for his big wave photography. His images capture the organic and often bewitching beauty of the sea in motion.
Venturing up to 15km offshore in the Southern Ocean and swimming into some of the biggest waves on the planet, Russell captures distinctive images of the wave impact zones. Tens of surfing magazine covers and a slew of international awards including the Oakley Big Wave Award, the International Loupe Award and the IPA 2016 Professional Sports Photographer of the Year, are a testament to the quality and originality of Russell’s work.
A fireman by trade, Russell’s journey into photography started fifteen years ago when he injured his knee surfing. Instead of sitting on the couch he picked up a camera and spent his days at the beach shooting friends in the waves. That injury transformed his life, his passion for photography was born.
Russell’s photographic prowess also extends into landscape, lifestyle, and portrait photography.
His clientele include Aston Martin, Tourism Western Australia, Quicksilver, ESPN, Red Bull, Billabong, and a number of world class wineries. He also shot the poster image for the 2013 Australian film Drift, about the birth of the surf industry in the in 70’s.
“The Shark Eyes booklet is so simple yet so informative. I have had a few close encounters while swimming and during those times I have been able to keep my eye on the shark and observe their behaviour. The first thing I thought about Shark Eyes is I would love to get a set of Shark Eyes for the bottom of my swimming fins.”