What are you plug­ging right now?

Sunday Star-Times - - FEATURE -

From rugby league player and fire­man to award win­ning Ocean & Life­style pho­tog­ra­pher, Aus­tralian Rus­sell Ord found his pas­sion through ad­ven­ture and the dis­cov­ery of the un­touched, un­seen wilder­ness. In­ter­view by

Mike Alexan­der.

Take 3 for the Sea – an or­gan­i­sa­tion de­liv­er­ing the straight­for­ward mes­sage of pick­ing up three pieces of rub­bish when you leave the beach. I am also an am­bas­sador for Fu­ji­film’s range of mir­ror­less cam­eras, X Se­ries.

What’s your idea of per­fect hap­pi­ness?

Be­ing 100 per cent healthy and hav­ing the free­dom to de­cide ex­actly what I want to do with ev­ery minute of my day.

Which liv­ing per­son do you most ad­mire?

Apart from my beau­ti­ful wife Cather­ine and my kids, Malala Yousafzai and ev­ery other per­son who has come through ad­ver­sity to live an ex­tra­or­di­nary life in their cho­sen fields.

What’s your most em­bar­rass­ing mo­ment?

I am stumped on this one. Though, I did get the Goose Award of the Week in my rugby league days (you have to wear a T-shirt that never gets washed dur­ing the sea­son), for slip­ping while kick­ing for goal on the run-in and only just barely touch­ing the footy with my foot. The ball moved all of an inch and this was dur­ing a semi­fi­nal, so just imag­ine what that shirt was like that deep into the sea­son!

What is your most prized ma­te­rial pos­ses­sion?

Fu­ji­film cam­eras. Apart from be­ing the tools of my trade, they also rep­re­sent the feel­ing of free­dom. think it would be swim­ming in the mid­dle of the ocean in gi­ant waves, but that is a type of peace for me. Talk­ing in front of large crowds is al­ways a con­cern; ac­tu­ally, that may not qual­ify as ad­ven­tur­ous but it cer­tainly feels like it!

What gets your back up?

Snobs and peo­ple who lit­ter.

If you could time travel, where would you go, and why?

I would go back 50 to 70 years and surf fan­tas­tic waves with no crowds, when the car parks over­look­ing the waves were still patches of dirt.

What life les­son would you pass on to your chil­dren?

Live in the now and en­joy ev­ery­thing in this very mo­ment.

What job would you do other than your own, and why?

A mu­si­cian. I have al­ways pic­tured my­self play­ing the gui­tar in a band. But the truth is I am at the op­po­site end of the mu­si­cal spec­trum, con­sid­er­ing I couldn’t even play

ona recorder.

If you were given three wishes that a magic ge­nie could grant, what would they be?

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