Hailing from Margaret River, West Australia, he has earned worldwide recognition for his big wave photography. His images capture the organic and often bewitching beauty of the sea in motion.
Venturing up to 15 kilometers offshore in the southern ocean and swimming into some of the biggest waves on the planet, Ordy 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 all a testament to the quality and originality of his work.
A fireman by trade, Ordy’s journey into photography started 15 years ago when he injured his knee while 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 and his passion for photography was born.
Russell’s photographic prowess also extends into to landscape, lifestyle and portrait photography. His clientele includes 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 1970s.
“The Shark Eyes booklet is so simple, yet so informative. I have had a few close encounters while swimming and, during those times, I was able to keep my eye on the shark and observe its behavior. The first thing I thought when I heard about Shark Eyes is that I would love to get a set for the bottom of my swimming fins.”