Kevin Russ, a professional photographer, has amassed more than 13,000 followers on Instagram thanks to his ethereal shots of landscapes and wildlife across the American West — shot exclusively with his iPhone. This isn’t the first time a social network has been integral to distributing his work; he got his start years ago when his portraits became popular on Myspace. Now, his primary website seems to be a Tumblr.
In Max Monty’s documentary portrait of Russ, below, the photographer talks about his creative process and why he gravitated to the humble iPhone. Living on the road for the past year, he explains, he likes that he can shoot, process and share the images immediately, all from one device. What’s his secret?