Russell’s interest in photography began when he was at university, purchasing his first film based SLR in his late teenage years, and experimenting with black and white darkroom work in his 20s. Purchasing a digital camera in 2003 re invigorated his interest in photography, gradually moving from ‘point and shoot’ to DSLR.
A shared interest with Carol in the outdoors, travel and the Australian outback has provided a rich and diverse range of subject matter for Russell’s photography. He is a regular competitor in camera club competitions, and successfully exhibits widely.
Building on many years of experience and self taught skills, Russell has drawn upon his involvement in the Warrragul Camera Club and participation in several short courses to develop his skills. He is currently working toward an Advanced Diploma of Photography at Photography Studies College, Melbourne.
Russell’s images have been accepted in (juried) National Photographic Competitions in Ballarat, Pakenham and Warragul as well as accredited competitions interstate and overseas.
Team Work earned a Merit at Ballarat in 2016. Eggs for Breakfast and I Think We Can also gained a Merit at Pakenham in 2016. His montage Carols gained second place in the Creative section of the 2020 Warragul National, while Autumn Harvest earned a Merit in the Still Life section.
In 2018 the image ‘On Stage’ gained the award for ‘Best Photographic Work’ in the Ficifolia Art Show. Russell was also acknowledged as the ‘Most Successful Photography Exhibitor’ in this show. Ring 2 and Bubbler earned second place in 2019 and 2020 respectively.
Rainbow Valley 2 was nominated as the ‘Best Black and White Landscape Print’, and also the ‘Best Landscape Image’ for 2018 for the Warragul Camera Club.
In 2020, Russell was shortlisted as a finalist in the Mullins Conceptual Prize for an image from his Dairies series, No Longer Needed. A selection of images from this series also gained a commendation in the 2020 Australia’s Top Emerging Photographers competition.
Russell’s exhibitions include:
- Binns Track and Beyond, (with Carol Monson, Yvonne Renfree and Trevor Renfree) Meeniyan Art Gallery, 2010
- Footsteps, (with Carol Monson) Red Tree Gallery 2015
- Colours of Cuba, (with Carol Monson) RedTree Gallery, 2017
- Beyond the Bitumen, (with Carol Monson and Anja Wondra) Red Tree Gallery, 2019
- Beyond the Bitumen, (with Carol Monson and Anja Wondra) Station Gallery, 2020