UPDATES + RECENT PHOTOGRAPHS
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MONDAY - MAY 2nd 2016 - Tons of new photographs + Vanguard Pro Feature + Costal Adventure Ambassador

Enormous photo update this time around. I spent much of 2015 focusing on my lifestyle/landscape work with some music photography of course mixed in. Follow me on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook for more frequent posts with my latest photoshoots and travels. Huge thanks to Coastal Eyewear for making me one of their 'Adventure Ambassadors' and to Vanguard for adding me as a 'Vanguard Professional', links to both features are below.

Coastal Adventure Ambassador Feature: http://bit.ly/rrcoastal
Vanguard Professional 'Get to know': http://bit.ly/rrvanguard

Paramore - Portland, OR

Death Cab for Cutie - Seattle, Washington

Minus The Bear - Seattle, WA

Along the Olympic Penisula - Washington

Somos - Bellingham, WA

Tigers Jaw - Bellingham, WA

Forest Moon of Endor (Redwoods National & State Parks)

North Bend, Washington

Crossing Puget Sound - Washington

Bellingham, Washington

Mount Shuksan - Washington

Mount Baker - Washington

Seattle, Washington

Bellingham, Washington

Walla Walla, Washington

Washington/Oregon border along the Columbia River

Hat Rock along the Oregon Trail

Richmond Night Market - Vancouver, BC

Cannon Beach, Oregon

Lincoln City, Oregon

Oregon Coast on the Hwy 101

Whidbey Island, Washington

Nooksack Falls in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest - Washington

Skagit Valley Tulips - Washington


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THURSDAY - JANUARY 29th 2015 - New photographs + Vanguard Pro + Top 30

Hello all! Quick update, first very proud to announce a partnership with Vanguard to become one of their Vanguard Professionals. Head over to http://www.vanguardworld.com to check out some of their awesome photo transport gear and tripods.

Secondly, It's a great honor to be #22 on a list naming the Top 30 Most Influential Photographers on the Web last year. Read about the full list over at the Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/mark-fidelman/meet-the-top-30-most-photography_b_5566091.html

Last but not least, here are some new photographs from the past couple of months (plus a few I had to hold off on posting)! If you are not following me over on Instagram, it's the bestplace to see new stuff before it gets posted anywhere else - http://www.instagram.com/ryanrussell

Taking Back Sunday

Paramore

David Bazan + Passenger String Quartet

Against Me! in Vancouver, BC

Against Me! in Seattle, WA

Against Me! in Baltimore, MD

Samish, WA

Seattle, WA to Bremerton, WA

Rockies flyover

Mt. Rainier and Mt. St. Helens flyover

Mt. Shuksan, WA

Mt. Baker, WA

Bellingham, WA

Bellingham, WA

Mt Baker, WA

Mt. St. Helens National Park

Bellingham, WA

Deming, WA

Samish, WA

North Cascades National Park

Along WA SR-20

Mt. Baker, WA

Elbe, WA

Lynden, WA

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TUESDAY - APRIL 8th 2014 - PHOTO BOOK IS RELEASED!

My new travel photo book 'Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham" is officially out today! The book features over 170+ photographs of my cross crountry road trip moving from Birmingham, Alabama to Bellingham, Washington. Inside each book is a split 7" record featuring unreleased and rare songs from Manchester Orchestra and Minus the Bear. You can order directly from No Sleep Records at http://nslp.co/ryanrussellphotobook or over at Amazon. There is also a special Continental Obscura mini site setup with images and more info about the book at http://www.continentalobscura.com.

Here are a few samples from the book:

 

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THURSDAY - FEBRUARY 6th 2014 - PRE ORDER MY NEW PHOTO BOOK!

CONTINENTAL OBSCURA: FROM BIRMINGHAM TO BELLINGHAM now available for pre-order with limited edition 7” included: http://store.nosleeprecords.com/product/7109/continental-obscura-from-birmingham-to-bellingham

Hello! I have a new photo book called called Continental Obscura: From Bellingham to Birmingham. It’s a documentation of everything I saw leaving my home of 32 years, Birmingham Alabama, to my new home in the Pacific Northwest town of Bellingham, Washington. The book is 180 pages and includes a split 7” featuring unreleased songs from Manchester Orchestra & Minus the Bear!! The first edition of the book/vinyl is only limited to 1,000. Official street date is April 8th, but all those who pre-order via No Sleep should receive their copy at least a week or so before that street date. All copies pre order include a download card with mp3’s of the audio from the vinyl and a digital version of the book!

US PRE ORDER: https://store.nosleeprecords.com/product/7109/continental-obscura-from-birmingham-to-bellingham
UK/EU PRE ORDER: http://uk.kingsroadmerch.com/no-sleep-records/view/?id=7669&cid=1616

The end of 2013 ended up being a wild one from shooting Macklemore at one of his 3 sold out shows in Seattle, to being pulled on stage at Paramore's Madison Square Garden head lining show, here's some new shots from the past couple months. Now that Continental Obscura vol 1 is in the bag, I can get back to focusing on band photography in 2014.

Paramore at Madison Square Garden

Paramore at Key Arena in Seattle

Macklemore at Key Arena in Seattle

Macklemore at Key Arena in Seattle

Macklemore at Key Arena in Seattle

Macklemore at Key Arena in Seattle

Bellingham, Washington

Seattle Ferry Terminal

Seabeck, Washington

Against Me! in Los Angeles, California

Wild Throne in Bellingham, Washington

Wild Throne in Bellingham, Washington

Los Angeles to Seattle

Seabeck, Washington

Eastern Utah

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THURSDAY - SEPTEMBER 12th 2013

ORDER PRINTS OF MY WORK AT - HTTP://RYANRUSSELL.BIGCARTEL.COM

Hello! New site is currently underconstruction, a couple new shots below. If you would like to follow along with my travels iin my new home of the Pacific Northwest visit these social sites (they are posted on daily with new photographs):

Twitter: @xryanrussellx | Instagram: ryanrussell | Facebook: Ryan Russell - photographer | Tumblr: ryanrussell

Read about my new book, Continental Obscura: From Birmingham to Bellingham over on Filson's site: http://www.filson.com/filson-life/2013/09/ryan-russell-pnw-photography/

Bellingham, WA

Mount Baker, WA

Baker Lake from Mount Baker, WA

Diablo Lake, WA

Cape Flattery, WA

Cape Flattery, WA

Mount Rainier

Washington State Ferry

Seabeck, WA

Vancouver, BC

Death Cab for Cutie performing "Transatlanticism" at Bumbershoot 2013

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TUESDAY - JULY 9TH 2013 - It's time, part two! Goodbye Birmingham, Hello Seattle!

Shortly after the previous update my workload went nuts, AltPress cover with Paramore and more press/album art shoots I can could. Along the way I also decided I wanted to be closer to the love in my life, so I'm moving to SEATTLE! Well Bellingham to be exact, but close enough. As of August 1st I will be officially relocated and booking shoots in Portland, Seattle and Vancouver. Bands in the area please get in touch, as well as those traveling through. Nervous Energies is going with me as obviously so all sessions will now be filmed from Seattle as well.

If that wasn't enough, I also decided to work on my first photobook! It will be a photo journey through my move from Birmingham to Bellingham with personal stories, all kind of nature/travel shots along the way, plus a few suprises along the way. More info on this will come via press release which will be reposted on this site. I'm extremely excited for my transition to the Pacific Northwest. New site is still under construction, moreso on the backburner till the move is complete but will be well worth the wait. So again, until then here's a couple new shots...

Alternative Press #498 - May 2013
Paramore covershoot

The Postal Service

The Postal Service

Paramore

Paramore

Paramore

Flying over the Grand Tetons

Olympic National Park in Western Washington

Seabeck, Washington

Chicago, Illinois

Coheed and Cambria

>San Francisco, California

Buford, Georgia

Minus The Bear

Owen

Chicago, Illinois

Birmingham, Alabama

Puget Sound, Washington

Seabeck, Washington

The Wonder Years

Epcot

Everett, Washington

Cullman, Alabama

Bellingham, Washington

Bellingham, Washington

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FRIDAY - FEBRUARY 15TH 2013 - It's time!

A very long time coming... this will be the last update on this old site. Next month I will be making a huge photo announcement plus 100% redesigned website. You will be astonished at the amount of new photographs added and the amount of bands/people who's shots you've overlooked in the past couple years. I am so excited to be sharing the new site with you and make it 100000000000X easier to navigate/find different band's photoshoots, different locations around the country and celebrity portraits, etc. For now, if you aren't already you should be following me on Instagram. I used the service a lot and post new stuff there before anywhere else. You can follow me at username: RYANRUSSELL

Also, every week or so I put up new photograph prints for purchase over in my new webstore, it's up now at http://ryanrussell.bigcartel.com. Everything is priced so everyone can afford some actual art of mine, please visit it.

Until the new site next month I leave you with a couple new shots....

Los Angeles, CA

Taking Back Sunday in Atlanta, GA

NW Oregon Coast

David Bazan of Pedro the Lion

Nevada

Outside Birmingham, AL

Sierra Nevada

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MONDAY - OCTOBER 15TH 2012 - BENJAMIN GIBBARD

Pick up Benjamin Gibbard's new solo record "Former Lives" tomorrow, Oct 16th.
Check out his upcoming tour dates at www.benjamingibbard.net

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WEDNESDAY - OCTOBER 10TH 2012 - GIZMODO/INTEL + KIA

The past two months I worked with Gizmodo/Intel and KIA Motors on two different video projects, check out the photos and video interviews below!

First, Gizmodo & Intel sent me to San Francisco back in August. They wanted to film me shooting photographs for 48 hours and also to complete a photo challenge. My challenge was to find the best competitive gaming in San Francisco. Luckily, Southtown Arcade came to my rescue with some of the most intense Marvel vs Capcom 3 battles I have ever seen. Watch me ramble about photos and eat a burrito at: http://gizmodo.com/5932628/a-look-at-the-craziest-competitive-gamers-youve-ever-seen

Secondly, KIA Motors & Complex Magazine asked me to watch the newest ad for the KIA Soul and create a photoshoot that was related to it. The ad featured a time traveling car so I decided to create a makeshift UFO landing with a girl discovering the site. KIA/Complex liked the idea and we decided to not only shoot it, but make it an actualy poster. They sent a film crew down to Birmingham to interview me and film behind the scenes at the shoot. Below you can see the original photo, the poster, and to watch the feature head over to: http://www.refinedguy.com/2012/10/05/promo-meet-ryan-russell-one-of-the-artists-on-the-kia-soul-in-my-mind-campaign/

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MONDAY - AUGUST 13TH 2012 - WAXAHATCHEE + LAURA JANE GRACE + AGAINST ME! + NOW NOW + BENJAMIN GIBBARD + THE ALMOST + WAKA FLOCKA FLAME + SAN FRANCISCO + GREEN DAY + ZACH GALIFIANAKIS!

Hello! Here's a few new photographs. Most of the new stuff shot in the past 4 months isn't public but when it is I'll have a ton more to post. Some of the Green Day photographs have been posted before (they're from 2008) but I added a couple and re-did the scans of the old ones. The Zach Galifianakis shots are from 2006 but I have never released them until now.

Waxahatchee

Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!

Laura Jane Grace of Against Me!

Against Me!

Now, Now

Now, Now

Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie/The Postal Service

The Almost

Waka Flocka Flame

I shot some portraits and behind the scenes photographs of Waka Flocka Flame at his videoshoot for "Round of Applause".
The videoshoot took place at a strip club in Atlanta as well as a house on the west side of the city.
These plus a ton more shots are featured in the artwork of his new album "Triple F Life".

Waka's crew

Waka Flocka Flame

San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

Green Day in Atlanta, GA

Green Day in Atlanta, GA

Green Day in Atlanta, GA

Green Day in Atlanta, GA

Zach Galifianakis in Athens, GA


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SATURDAY - JUNE 9TH 2012 - NEW WEBSTORE!

Visit the new webstore at http://ryanrussell.bigcartel.com

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WEDNESDAY - MAY 30TH 2012 - COHEED AND CAMBRIA + GREAT SMOKY MTNS + BEN GIBBARD + ANDY HULL + NOW, NOW + TITLE FIGHT + FAKE PROBLEMS + RISE AGAINST

COHEED AND CAMBRIA
(WATCH MY NERVOUS ENERGIES SESSION WITH THEM AT NERVOUSENERGIES.COM)

CLAUDIO AND THE SHOP OWNER, JIMMY

BEN GIBBARD OF DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE

BACKSTAGE IN KNOXVILLE, TN BEFORE DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE PERFORMED WITH THE MAGIK*MAGIK ORCHESTRA

GREAT SMOKY MTNS

CHEROKEE, NC

BLUE RIDGE MTNS

ANDY HULL OF MANCHESTER ORCHESTA/RIGHT AWAY GREAT CAPTAIN

NOW, NOW

TITLE FIGHT

FAKE PROBLEMS

RISE AGAINST in Birmingham, Alabama at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre


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MONDAY - FEB 27TH 2012 - THE ULTRAS S/C + CHEAP GIRLS + ANTHONY/JAMES GREEN + PURE LOVE + SAY ANYTHNG + ASBURY PARK + TN AQUARIUM + BIRMINGHAM AL + LORRAINE MOTEL + NORTHERN ALABAMA

THE ULTRAS S/C in Tuscaloosa, Alabama at Egan's
(ex - Be Your Own Pet, Immortal Lee County Killers, Soledad Brothers)

CHEAP GIRLS

ANTHONY AND JAMES GREEN

PURE LOVE
(ex - Gallows)

SAY ANYTHING

ASBURY PARK, NJ

TENNESSEE AQUARIUM

LORRAINE MOTEL - MEMPHIS, TN

BIRMINGHAM, AL

NORTHERN ALABAMA

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MONDAY - JAN 23RD 2012 - TORNADOES IN BIRMINGHAM

Birmingham was hit with more tornadoes this morning. Trussville, Clay, Pinson, Tarrant and a few other places were hit hard. If you live in town and here of something to help, please volunteer your time. A lot of people in a lot of communities I love are now in needand this is the time to help. I went to Centerpoint, the part of Birmingham where I grew up, this morning and shot some photographs.

CLICK HERE to view some of the shots, the one below is part of the series.

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MONDAY - NOV 21ST 2011 - MASTODON + EMPEROR X + TOUCHE AMORE

MASTODON (full version - click)

EMPEROR X (full version - click)

TOUCHE AMORE (full version - click)

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MONDAY - NOV 14TH 2011 - CHARITY PHOTOSHOOTS + MANCHESER ORCHESTRA SIMPLE MATH PHOTOS

Hello everyone! It's that time of year again for my charity photoshoots. I shoot a couple press photographs for your band in return you sponsor a child in Salvation Army's Angel Tree program and buy the selected gifts on the child's wish list. You get to have 100% rights of the photographs I shoot for you and in the process you are directly making a child's Christmas better. I AM IN NO WAY AFFLIATED WITH THE SALVATION ARMY. I just think this is a great way to give back to the community of Birmingham where I live instead of asking for random money donations. Below is all the info/guidelines etc you will need to know about this if you are interested in participating.

Please read everything below, then contact me if interested: ryan@ryanrussell.net. You must get in touch now if you want to do a shoot, space is limited and reservations will not be accepted after November 28th. The shoots begin starting today till December 8th.

How to participate in the charity band photoshoots:
1. The photoshoots only occur in Birmingham (or close surrounding areas). If you do not live in the immediate area you are welcome to drive here and I will do my best to accommodate your schedule since you're making the extra effort and driving in. If you are not in a band and need a headshot or some similar type photograph taken, that is perfectly fine. Just get in touch and let me know what you are looking to have done and we will work it out.

2. There are only so many spots available for me to do these shoots a week, due to the demand some bands will be turned away. It is a first come first serve situation so please get in touch today if you want to try and book a date.

3. On the day of the shoot we will meet up adopt a child online then go and shoot 1-2 locations. After photographs we'll gol to a department store to buy everything on the child's list and box it up to be shipped to the Salvation Army's collection center. I handle all the shipping for you. You will not need to spend any money to book the date, you will only be spending money when you buy the gifts day of the shoot.

4. Most of the child's wishlist will cost between $75-$150 depending on the child's wants/needs. Your band will purchase the appropriate amount of gifts the day we do the photographs. If for some reason this is not possible time wise for you we will make arragements before the shoots just let me know.

5. Your band will have 100% free rights to the photographs for album, press, merch, etc. No strings attached.

6. Above all you are directly helping a child in need for this Christmas and that's a wonderful thing.

If you have any other questions feel free to email me and ask away!

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Check out my photographs from Manchester Orchestra's video shoot for "Simple Math"
http://www.ryanrussell.net/manchesterorchestra_simplemath.html

 

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THURSDAY - OCT 20TH 2011 - BLINK-182 + MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE + PAUL FINEBAUM + DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE + NEW FOUND GLORY

First, Thanks to Paul Finebaum for letting me watch and shoot photographs of him during his show back on September 19th. I had gone to the Alabama/N. Texas game two days before and it was a real pleasure to sit in and listen to all the calls for the program. I am a huge fan of the show and he couldn't have been nicer and more accommodating. Listen to Paul every weekday on WJOX 94.5 from 2pm - 6pm or online at http://www.finebaum.com. Check out the photos here: more photographs of Paul Finebaum.

Secondly, a few preview shots from the Blink-182/My Chemical Romance show in Atlanta on Sept 21st. I will post the full gallery of all my shots from the show on my next update.

My Chemical Romance

Blink-182

Thirdly, Death Cab for Cutie played in Birmingham at the Alabama Theatre on October 6th. Ben is a huge baseball fan and I wanted to take him over to Rickwood to have a look around. Nick and I always have some sort of massive foodbrodown when we're together so I had to take him over to the Taco Truck in West Homewood. There's a couple shots of all that plus soundcheck here: photographs of Death Cab for Cutie in Birmingham.

Nick at the West Homewood Taco Truck

New Found Glory in Atlanta at the Masquerade

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FRIDAY - SEPT 2ND 2011 - TONS OF NEW PHOTOGRAPHS! + TAKING BACK SUNDAY LIVE PRINTS FOR SALE! +
2 DAYS WITH DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE!

Hey guys!

So it's been forever since I've written an actual news update. I guess I assumed everyone who checks the site follows me on twitter so there was no need, it is definitely not the case. I've shot a lot over 2010 - 2011 and been super busy starting up my NERVOUS ENERGIES music sessions videos and "record label". I put record label in quotations because it's more so me releasing cassettes and vinyl of bands I'm friends with or enjoy, just doing it for fun. I seem to always get distracted every few months when I start overhauling the site to switch it to a completely alphabetical based photo listing instead of chronological as it is now. There's just too many shoots and too many sessions to film and it's been neglected. I have hundreds of photographs I never posted over the entire mid 2009 to present span that will be posted once the new version of the site goes up so hopefully it'll be worth the wait. In the meantime 2 things 3 things! -

#1 - I put up 3 TAKING BACK SUNDAY live prints for sale in my ETSY store. They've been up 10 hours and already sold half so there's a good chance if you're reading this past labor day they're already sold out. To order visit: http://ryanrussell.etsy.com.

#2 - Here's a bunch of new shots from the past 12 months. Couldn't post everything (it'll go up with the new site) but there's a lot of new ones to look at! Link: Photo update for Sept 2011

#3 - ...and finally. I rode with Death Cab for Cutie for 2 days in August at the Nashville/Atlanta shows. Here's some of the shots I took while with the band. Link: Ryan Russell w/ Death Cab for Cutie in Nashville/Atlanta Aug 2011

If you have the following, feel free to follow me for more photographs and jibber jabber!
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and visit Nervous Energies: http://www.nervousenergies.com

 

 

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Read past news/photo updates (click link):
July 2009 - June 2011 - Paramore album art, Tegan and Sara book + more
June 30th, 2009 - Jan - Jun 2009 news
December 31st, 2008 - July - Dec 2008 news
July 23rd, 2008 - Jan - June 2008 news
December 31st, 2007 - 2007's ENTIRE NEWS!
December 31st, 2006 - 2006's ENTIRE NEWS!