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Kevin Russ – On the Road, Music: Graham Candy (NZ)

Sweeping plains, deep desert canyons, foggy forests and incredible wildlife. The raw and breathtaking images of full-time traveler and talented photographer Kevin Russ (USA) take us with him on a journey through the nature of the great American west. 

Street Bison

We are excited to present “On the road”, a selection of photos the free-spirited photographer Kevin Russ took during his one year trip through the American west that will be exhibited at Mein Haus am See, located directly at Rosenthaler Platz, Berlin-Mitte from 04 September until 24 September. On Wednesday, September 04, the opening of the exhibition will be celebrated starting at 8 pm., featuring a live music performance by the Auckland –based musician Graham Candy.

After several years of portrait work, Kevin Russ, a photographer from Portland, felt burned out and decided to take off and go into the wild of the great American west. While being on the road for a year, sleeping in his car, shooting nature and wildlife with primarily his iPhone 4s and iPhone 5 he became the famous “full-time traveller and explorer”. He has the power to convey the feel of purity, rawness and beauty of nature with his photos and has become a huge success on Instagram, with already more than 60k followers, and all over the web. By selling his photos on the Internet Kevin is able to keep on exploring the world, make beautiful photos and stay a happy full-time traveller.

Kevin sells a selection of his photos via Photocirle, a Berlin based online platform for fine art photography. With every purchase a good cause in the region in which the picture was taken will be supported. Kevin’s online gallery and more information on the social projects, the company established in cooperation with its partner organizations, that will be supported with the sale of Kevin Russ’ photos can be found on: http://www.photocircle.net/de/artists/958/kevin-russ

About Graham Candy

Graham Candy is still a new face here in Germany. Back in New Zealand word is that he is a rising star in the music szene which is no wonder when you hear his unique voice. At his first live show in Berlin he will be performing a mix of his own songs and coverversions to show off why he’s hyped in New Zealand: Prepare for goosebumps!

More photos from Kevin Russ:

Horse Friends

Young Buck

Sunrise Forest

Kevin Russ – the travelling photographer

Kevin Russ has been living in his car the past year, taking pictures with his iPhone as he travels around the western United States. He talks to us about his favorite spots to take photos and a breathtaking experience with four bull moose.

Cape Flattery photographed by Kevin Russ

Where are you right now and where will you be in two weeks? 

Right now I’m at my sisters’ house in Fullerton, California. I have taken a short break to see family and friends before I hit the road again. In two weeks I will be making my way up to Oregon and then to Montana to see Glacier National Park.

What`s your favorite place to take photos? 

Guadalupe Wave by Kevin Russ

Guadalupe Wave by Kevin Russ

My favorites change between the coast, mountains and the desert. I love to shoot all of them but switch off, going from one to the next to keep things fresh.

Navajo Horses by Kevin Russ

Navajo Horses photographed by Kevin Russ

When is your favorite time of the day to shoot your pictures?

Sunrise and sunset are my favorite times. Not only do I like the light better but there is a greater chance I will see some wildlife.

What makes a good photographer?

To me, a good photographer is someone who can evoke emotion from the viewer with their pictures. It doesn’t matter what way it moves you though, just as long as it does.

A goal that you want to achieve as a photographer …

I’d like to see the world or as much of it as I can, taking pictures along the way, with my photographs paying the way.

Winter Horseland by Kevin Russ

Winter Horseland by Kevin Russ

What is important to you when taking photos?

That the mood and emotion is captured. That’s all I try and do.

Which of your photos are especially important to you…

The moose photos. I don’t think I have any up on your site but I spent 7 hours with those guys over two days and will never forget the experience. At one point I was partially surrounded by four bull moose in the middle of a meadow. The most dominant one came up to each of the other three, offering to have a battle, they each declined, then he came up to me. It was quite frightening but I slowly backed away like the other moose and was unharmed. Just being able to observe them for so long and be so close to huge animals was a dream.

Rocky Mountain Moose by Kevin Russ

Rocky Mountain Moose by Kevin Russ

You have been travelling around the great American west for the past year. Do you have plans to travel elsewhere in the near future like Europe or Asia?

I would definitely like to visit Europe and Asia. I haven’t planned any trips though, yet. Right now I’m exploring areas that I can drive to. I’m planning to be in the Canadian Rockies this summer.

Kevin Russ was born in Santa Maria, California. He lived in the area till he was 20, then moved to Portland, Oregon to go to college. He dropped out after a couple years to pursue photography. We are happy to offer a selection of Kevin Russ’ amazing photos on Photocircle.

If you want to know more about this great guy and photographer, we highly recommend you this video portrait from Max Monty.