Hi, I'm Russ. I am a father and a husband. I am a gardener and a tender of small animals. I enjoy painting, writing, and exploring the world through vintage cameras and analog film. My family and I live in Savannah, Georgia, along one of the most pristine and beautiful stretches of coastline anywhere in the world. I love the sea, good stories, and tall tales. I love the smell of dirt and the sound of raindrops on a tin roof. I enjoy meeting new faces and exploring old places. I am thrilled when I receive postcards in the mail. I'd love to meet you so please do say hi.
Formally trained in photography, I hold a BFA in Photography with a focus in photojournalism. While studying, I was exposed to not only the work of the great Magnum photojournalists such as Henri Cartier Bresson and Josef Koudelka, but also traditional fine art artists working in both the photographic and painting mediums. This cross pollination of styles helped to shape my sense of storytelling; raw and in the moment, while also sensitive to beauty and aesthetics. I enjoy combining these multi-media approaches in my work.
The process of exploration is a strong component of my work too. Trust is the key to making powerful imagery and compelling storytelling. Honesty and openness provide a foundation to explore unique angles to the story and time to allow emotions to unfold unrestricted by expectations. I believe that I have a gift and a duty to preserve the stories of those around me and am constantly searching for new ways– and new friends– to capture moments of this things we call Life.
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The beautiful grain.
I have been documenting the human condition around the globe for the past 10 years, mostly on black and white film. Explore with me through some of my favorite frames.