What are you plugging right now?
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
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
If you were given three wishes that a magic genie could grant, what would they be?