Book shows Ord’s skill
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.
Kalani Ord at Mal Waipu.