About Me

Hi,  My name is Russ, and I am principle photographer here at Dervish Images.

I am a professional photographer based in New Plymouth, New Zealand. I specialise in Documentary, Landscape, panoramic, and Architectural photography.

I am also a contributor to Arcangel Images (http://www.arcangel-images.com) where some of my work can be purchased.

Inspiration for my work comes from many of the great photographers such as Brassai, Ansel Adams, Bill Brandt, and Robert Doisneau.  These influences lead me to create dark, moody and gritty images, usually in monochrome, but I can transfer the same feelings into colour as well.

If you would like to commission me, or talk about a project you may be involved in, please feel free to contact me.

Image © Martin M Photography


40 comments on “About Me

    • Many thanks Adrian, it was good of Robert to nominate me, it was the first time i knew there was a nomination process for blogs.

  1. Thank you for liking my post on The Legion of Door Whores where I’m one of the contributing authors. It’s much appreciated! Do drop by my blog (“BollyChees in Paris”) if you’re free 🙂

    • Thanks Matt, it’s nice to get feedback from fellow photographers, I find WordPress great for finding inspiration from others, and also as a mark of my owb progress, as it is easier to go back through time and critique your own work as it progresses.

  2. Russ, I thought I was following your blog but I wasn’t! Think I was just getting your posts to the Legion. Seems that I have been missing out on some great images so I have now hit the FOLLOW button!

    • Thanks Adrian, I usually post much different images to my blog. The Door Whores seems to be doing very well.

  3. Enjoyed viewing your work, especially the long exposure shots – just wish that I was able to do them, not had much luck 🙂

    Looking forward to seeing more.

    • Thanks Sandy, they work by trial and error, i’m using a 10 stop filter, usually in bright sunlight, will get better results if I can do them in the evening., where are yours going wrong?

      • Hi Russ,

        Trial & error is always they way to see how things work. I had never thought about trying it out in bright sunlight.

        I prefer the dusk/night time shots of sky, especially stars surrounding abandoned places that we visit. Tried paint lighting, with nil effect!

        I use a finepix s2000hd camera and while trying to get a landscape picture from afar, the focus moves all over the place makng it extremely difficult to even aim or get a clear picture.

        I am not a professional photographer, but do know a good photo when I see one and I am pleased to have come across yours.

        Hope what I wrote has made sense to you?

      • Hi Sandy, yup your post makes sense, i’m not familiar with the camera, but you could try using the focus locking function to focus on a specific point in the distance and then recomposing, and using an aperture of greater than f8 should help with depth of field and make the images a bit sharper too.

        BTW the link to your blog is not working. Would like to read your blog.


  4. Pleased to have found your blog Russell and I look forward to lots of exploration. Regards from Thom at the immortal jukebox (give it a spin).

  5. Hi Russ, thank you so much for choosing to follow our adventures in sailing and photography. Having looked at your work we feel rather honoured you are taking an interest in what we get up to. Just for our own info, how did you come across our site? Chris

    • Hi Chris, no need to feel honored, I’m just another blogger, I cam across your blog via a post from Leanne Cole I think.

  6. Hi, lovely to meet you. I have just stumbled across your blog, enjoying it. So I promise to come check it out from time to time!


    • Hi Jessie, thanks for stopping by, hopefully there will be more interesting content in the future to tickle your tastebuds 😎

  7. Hi Russ, Thank you for following my photography blog, Jane’s Lens. I hope you enjoy my work. I love your images and creative eye!

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