Erica Iannitti

Junior Editor at Unrated

Russell Ord Takes Surf Photography To The Max

Russell Ord stumbled into photography as so many do. A passionate surfer since adolescence, he suffered an injury that had him out of the water and in need of a distraction. He picked up a camera and started shooting friends from the sand, and things just sort of picked up from there. Eventually, he got the idea to take the camera into the water, and the results were a game-changer.

Whereas surf photographers typically keep a safe distance, either from the beach or on a jet-ski, Ord collapses that distance in his work, favoring the sense of reward that comes from pushing his limits. For him, surf photography is about conveying “maximum feeling,” and that simply doesn’t come through in distance shots. To get there he says, “You have to be submerged in water.” If intensity is the feeling Ord is going for in his photography, he’s got it in spades. This is not just the ethos for Ord’s photography, it’s more like his general posture towards the world: give maximum effort to all things, and you never fail. Learn more about Russell by checking out his website.

Erica Iannitti

Junior Editor at Unrated