One Shot Documentary

One Shot Documentary

Posted on February 11 2019

When Darren McCagh approached me about documenting my surf photography journey our initial goal was to inspire just one person, we both never imagined the documentary would have such a heartfelt response and impact.


Russell Ord wakes one morning in Margaret River, looks over the photos he’s spent a large part of his life capturing and is filled with an overpowering sense of dissatisfaction. The shots are good and have graced the covers of surfing magazines worldwide, but deep down Ord knows he didn’t walk away from a secure career as a firefighter to just take “good” shots. He wants to go to bed at night knowing he’s taken that “one” shot, the one he'll remember not because of the surfer's name or reputation, but for the position he had to be in to capture it. Just down the coast is a thick, evil, brute of a wave he knows will deliver the opportunity to capture just that. But as a loving husband with three kids it’s not lost on him that the end goal, and that drive to have ‘his moment', isn’t going to come without sacrifice.

ONE SHOT- An Image and An Attitude from Farmhouse Films on Vimeo.