about nomadruss

Russ Taylor is a cultural documentary photographer and wilderness guide. His background includes academic work in intercultural studies and theology. Russ has traveled widely since his time as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Papua New Guinea. He has previously lived in the himalayan region of India and has spent many days with the nomads of Ladakh’s Changtang Plateau, people with whom he visits ever few years for an ongoing documentary project. He has been published in National Geographic News Online, with  Voyager Magazine in China, The Adirondack Review,  PhotoPhilantrophy, Glimpse Magazine, and others. Feel free to contact him for assignments.

You can view Russ’ photographic work at www.nomadruss.com.

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  1. Hi, Russ. I saw your photography for the first time when I ambled into Atelier, on Lex Ave here in Asheville, today. The young lady working at the gallery today spoke highly of you, and she said they look forward to getting more of your photography. I am Ann Jennings, an Asheville resident and kindergarten teacher with a love of travel and photography. I would like to show your photo slideshows on your website to my students this year, when we study the 7 continents. Your photography will be enlightening. Do you have any video clips of conversations with locals that I could download on the computer in my classroom? I haven’t yet gone to your page on Facebook, but that might be a good way for my class to follow you during your travels. Any other suggestions for how other teachers are using your website and Facebook page in their classrooms? Happy trails… Ann Jennings

  2. Hey Ann,

    Thanks for the kind words. I do have some teacher friends that have used the slideshows on the website when the class is studying that specific country. I don’t have audio conversations recorded, but I do have some recordings of farmers singing to their yaks as they plow and some recordings of monks chanting along with cymbals clashing. I’ll be glad to share those with you if you’d like. It will probably be easiest to share using nomadruss@hotmail.com

    Thanks, and I hope you’ll drop by Atelier again sometime. I hope to get some new prints up there before summer is through.


  3. Hi Russ I just found your blog and I am blown away by your photography, I especially love your photographs of India, it’s been over 30 years since I did the train trip from New Delhi to Varanasi, but it looks just as I remember it. I could feel the heat and smell the smells looking at your shots. I bet they don’t still serve the chai in red clay cups now though, do they?

  4. Hey Russ,

    I am new to the world of photography. I shot with a Canon Digital Rebel XT. Still learning how to use my camera to the best of its abilities. Is there any advice you have for a novice photographer?

    • Photograph all the time, sign up for a workshop. The workshop is good for networking with others in the field and getting your work reviewed by a professional. Be willing to hear critiques of your work. Find a niche. Those are the first thoughts off the top of my head.

  5. Hey Russ,

    Thank you for your advice. I would love to find a photographic community however I currently reside in Macedonia-a photographic community will be hard to come attain. I guess I would have to create one. Smile. Actually would you mind if I sent you via email a few (5) of my best shots?
    I would love to hear your feedback.

  6. All of your photos are so beautiful. And better yet, they mean something. They make me feel something. They send out a message. They matter. And it is much harder to communicate so deeply with others like that than it is to simply take a good photograph. Your photographs aren’t just good, they are truly stories. I too am in love with the idea of how life can be captured from behind a lens, as well as being a pretty keen writer. I’m not too sure if I’m good at either, but I’m definitely going to keep on trying. I leave your page more invigorated than I was upon entering it. So, thank you. Thank you very, very much.

    • It seems to me that you’re already on the way to becoming a fine writer and that you have courage, so I think your writing will make an impact. Should you ever need a photographer to help cover a story, well, I’m always up for an adventure! Thanks so much for your kind words, they’re too kind, but I’ll draw encouragement from them. Thank you.

      • Wow, thank you for such a kind compliment. And for such a wonderful offer! I would be honoured. Please do. And keep making incredible art that also happen to be incredible stories.

  7. Hey Russ,

    I think your blog is really Excellent, so I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Congrats! You can check it out on my recent post – ‘Versatile Blogger Award: Celebrating Bloggers’.

    Keep up the fantastic posts, your photography is amazing!

    – Gretta

  8. Amazing photos! I’ve just started getting interested in photography and bought a fuji x100. Still getting to grips with all the technicalities. But I guess great composition like yours just comes with experience and practice….

    • Thanks for the kind words! I think you’re going to love that Fuji x100, I’ve heard such great reviews! And yes, photograph, look at photographs, edit your work down to the best images and just keep building on those!

  9. You have a great collection of photographs on here. I bought my first Nikon dslr last month and so far I am most interested in Landscape Photography.

    • Thanks for the kind words. I like my 20mm lens for landscape. And it’s good that you’re already figuring out the right niche for you! Of course it can be fluid, but it is good to create your photographic identity. Wish you all the best as you start the photographic life!

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  13. Hey Rus,

    Does it bother your conscience in any way when you photograph anything and everything in the East compared to the West where you have to take permissions and so on? I always wondered whether western photographers go towards east to be free of all prohibitions, if I may use that word! Enlighten me please 🙂


  14. Hey! Your blog and your photography is stunning! 🙂
    We are an italian couple with a huge passion for photography! We’ll be pleased if you come to see our freshly published blog!

    Have a great day

    Valentina and Davide

  15. Hi Nomadruss. Nice pictures on this blog. I have started with a new blog. Maybe I will change the “Theme” in the future. I like also the “Pictorico” and the “Hatch” theme. Please visit my blog and let me know if you like theme.

    • Hey Ronald, I gave it a look. Seems like a fine theme to me. I sometimes change mine just to get a fresh look, but I’ve kept my current one for over a year. I mostly concentrate on the photography. Perhaps one day I can find an agent to promote it all.

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