There’s little wonder that so many photographers call the Margaret River Region home. A dramatic granite coastline, pristine white sand against bright blue water and incredible flora and fauna provide inspiration for professionals and hobbyists alike. Lizzy Pepper enlisted the help of two award winning photographers to reveal the raw wonder of the region’s most photogenic attractions, and how it inspires them.
Famed for capturing Margaret River’s biggest and most brutal waves, Russell Ord’s shots have graced the covers of surf magazines worldwide. It’s little wonder that his favourite photographic hotspots are offshore, or in Boranup Forest, possibly a detour on the way to a surf check at Boranup Beach.
“As a kid, I always loved coming down south for the waves in between sporting commitments. I moved to Margaret River full time 20 years ago with my wife Catherine for the love of the ocean and the environment; the big plus is raising our kids in a fantastic community.”
Russell travels the world, but it’s Margaret River’s epic surf coast that inspires his work, and it’s how he gives back.
“Every time I am away from Margaret River, I question why I left such a raw, clean, pristine ocean. Unfortunately, some places I travel to the environment is not the best place to swim or work in. I have been lucky enough for the last 20 years to make a living taking photos in and around the ocean; in the end, they are beautiful images that don’t really make a difference. Being able to give back through organisations such as Take 3 For The Sea and SurfAid, my images can now be used for projects of purpose.”
Russell built a reputation for capturing incredible images of surfers on massive waves, and his newest project delves further into stories from the sea.
“I’m in the early stages of working on a personal project ‘Life around the Sea’ documenting people’s lives and inspirational stories that revolve around the ocean. I am looking forward to learning from incredible people that have dedicated their lives to working, protecting and raising families from the sea.”
What else is on the cards when the weather warms up in spring?
“The last few years I have been running photographic workshops in Tahiti, Fiji and abroad. I am now concentrating on being home and offering a unique photography and visual story-telling experience in the beautiful Margaret River region.”