Photographer // Kevin Russ

Kevin Russ, a photographer & image moderator for iStockphoto, grew up in Arroyo Grande, California. In 2003, he made the move to Portland, planning to study at Multnomah Bible College. Finding the workload to be minimal, Kevin invested in a camera, filling his free time and finding himself instantly smitten with the craft. A year and a half later, photography had evolved into his full-time job. However, after 4 years of consistent portrait work, Kevin became burnt out and took a step back from photography altogether. Two years later, he picked up the camera again and

now spends the majority of his time on the road, exploring & photographing the rustic landscapes & wildlife he encounters. 


We understand your job allows you to travel often. What does your schedule look like on a daily basis, as well as say, over 6 months time?

My daily schedule this year is completely different from what it was last year. I don’t have clients so my time is 100% my own. I made some changes this year and have spent nearly 7 months living in my car, off and on, since January. The length of time I live in my car before going back to “normal” living conditions has been steadily increasing ever since I started doing it. My current Colorado trip will be my longest, about 10 weeks. Over the next 6 months, I’m planning to stay out even longer and see new parts of this country.

My daily schedule couldn’t be any simpler. I look on a map for places I want to see and then drive there and take pictures. There are always bumps along the way, but it would get boring if there weren’t. Mid-September, my car broke down in Loveland, Colorado, right in the middle of the homeless hub. I spent a week there with those guys and had my first experience working with a homeless mechanic, which proved to be quite memorable.



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