The Thin Red Line Journey

Two friends, a motley crew, and the open ocean!

This is the story of how we made our dreams a reality... we bought a big boat, we are decking it out, and setting off on an adventure of a lifetime with no strings, no plans and no deadlines!

The so very true quotes above from Matt Wall and Paul Fowler, the owners, captains, designers, the inspiration behind "The Thin Red Line Journey" and the reconstructed Faraday Pearl boat. 

I truly wonder sometime "just how did I end up here" one minute in a 4/3 wetsuit, hoodie and booties in New Zealand to being on a boat exploring the Kimberly's, bare footed wearing the same pair of boardies for the last two weeks - its meant to be.

Hard to even justify this one as a job, I was truly inspired by Matt and Paul's view on life, putting everything you have into a vision of complete uncertainty, to put it bluntly - f'ckn going for it, no plan B's. I ask "what's your plans for the boat"? All we want to do is go on a journey, no set plans or destinations and have people come onboard to experience letting go.  

I tend not venture to far from the surf, don't get me wrong I have been in some incredible environments and met amazing people because of the surf photography, but now and then opportunities present themselves which bring other challenges, adventures and really just another way at looking at the big picture.

Cheers: Captain Matt, Big Paulie, Nat, Dutchy and Andre Rerekura for the trip and allowing me to create content on your maiden voyage.

The Thine Red Line Journey: website

Thanks to Camera Electronic and Fujifilm to trial the new GFX medium format, absolutely amazing.

I will be putting new images from the trip in my print gallery: Water Is Freedom (please contact me if you see anything from this blog as a print, the coloured textures shot in medium format will look incredible ).

Ocean Grown Abalone.

I was pretty happy shooting alongside Andre Rurukura for the latest Ocean Grown Abalone campaign, what an amazing experience photo wise but more so the education I received over the three days, thank you to Brad and his incredible team for the opportunity.  

From The Ocean Grown Abalone Website:  An exciting new Western Australian innovation. We build our own artificial abalone reefs on our leases in the pristine waters of Flinders Bay. We then place hatchery reared juvenile abalone on them – then let nature (with a little help from our divers) do the rest to produce this marine delicacy. A totally natural ‘wild-harvest’ product. Because we have some control of the process we can harvest to market demand to whatever size the market requires.

Photos By Russell Ord & Andre Rurukura.

Fuji X Pro 2

Fuji X Pro 2

Having only used Nikon for the last 16 years to shoot all my photography work  (surf, weddings, commercial)  its a little daunting to say the least changing over the complete camera system.

I have had the Fuji X Pro 2 for a few weeks along with a small selection of lenses: Zeiss Touit 12mm F2.8 | Fuji XF 56mm F1.2 |  Fuji XF 27mm F2.8 pancake lens - its a slow process of selling off my unwanted gear and buying new bodies and glass, believe me I will only be doing this once.

Before I shoot my first wedding or commercial job, I want to get completely used to the camera so I put it through its paces at my sons boxing gym "The Onshore Gym" named by the coach Nathan Brooks because if the wind is blowing in that direction its open for business which suits 99% of the boxers that train there, being surfers themselves. Low light sports photography and to be honest I didn't have any problems at all, I am more than confident with making the full transition and having a number of Fuji bodies and lenses for all my work, I am not about to go into technical jargon, the lenses (see above) are incredible, sharp, great colour, well built. Note For a detailed to review I would suggest Ken Rockwell, that goes for all brands and equipment.

Why! I have always dabbled with the idea of going mirrorless, light to travel with, light to swim and shoot with, very unassuming around people, easily blending into the environment, no one seems to care about pointing such a small setup in their direction, plus I shouldn't have been sucked in and picked it up in the shop, the camera felt great, very well built, so reading review after review of the pros and cons and what suits me as a photographer, the time was now...I love it. This setup is going to be perfect for our future travel plans through the Pacific, I will post a number of other reasons when I have the material to back up the quotes.