Book shows Ord’s skill

Augusta Margaret River Times - - Time Out - Elle Far­cic Rus­sell and Cather­ine Ord.

Lo­cal surf pho­tog­ra­pher Rus­sell Ord has a new book out this week called Surf­ing: Water is Free­dom.

Work­ing with an over­seas pub­lisher and writer An­thony Pan­cia, the award-win­ning pho­tog­ra­pher’s lat­est foray into the surf is cap­tured in the new vol­ume.

For al­most two decades, Ord has con­fronted some of the most ter­ri­fy­ing waves the ocean can muster.

The ex-fire­fighter fa­mously made waves in 2011, com­ing to the at­ten­tion of the world’s press af­ter sav­ing un­con­scious surfer Ja­cob Trette from drown­ing at the no­to­ri­ous Mav­er­icks surf break in Cal­i­for­nia.

While most peo­ple would be con­tent with mak­ing it back to shore in one piece, Ord has made an art of dodg­ing in­jury, and the odd great white shark, while try­ing to get the per­fect pic­ture.

So how does the Mar­garet River surf pho­tog­ra­pher do it? “It’s a cal­cu­lated risk,” he said. “I know what lev­els I can take. “If I’m in a good po­si­tion I will take the shot, if not I will try to get out of the way.

“In cer­tain con­di­tions you don’t want to be mak­ing too many mis­takes be­cause it could be your last one.”

Ord’s in­cred­i­ble body of work, which has earned him world­wide recog­ni­tion, has been cap­tured in his newly launched book, now avail­able via rus­sel­lord­printstore.com.

Pic­tures: Rus­sell Ord

Kalani Ord at Mal Waipu.

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