With a New Year upon us it is time to update my Profile/Biography:
Matthew “Matt” Russell was born in 1959, in San Francisco, California. He spent his early childhood years in Alaska, Virginia, Arizona and California, as his father was in the National Park Service. The Bay Area would eventually become his permanent childhood residence.
As a young child while living in Alaska, Matt was given photographs by Alaskan Photographer Charlie Ott, who ironically would lay the foundation of his interest in Nature/Wildlife Photography. Matt spent his boyhood days hiking the hills of the Bay Area. During this time, he started exploring his interest in photography, essentially photographing and recording what he was seeing. His photography would become focused on wildlife photography at this time. His interest and learning about wildlife continued as he followed the Craighead Brothers with their studies on Grizzly Bears, and the Murie Brothers, with their work with Grizzly Bears, Wolves, and Wapiti.
Matt then followed his goal of studying Wildlife at the University of Wyoming. During his studies at the University of Wyoming, he developed a strong interest in horses and is still an avid horseman today. He also wrote a paper on the Scaling of Tooth Size in Mustelids (Weasel Family) and Felids (Cat Family) and received an honorable mention as an undergraduate from the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Upon graduating from the University of Wyoming, 1981, Matt returned to the Bay Area.
During his return to the Bay Area, he thought of his goals and ambitions, whether to pursue a graduate degree or become a full-time Wildlife Photographer. Ironically he did neither and became a United Parcel Service (UPS) Driver from 1983 to 2013. During his UPS career photography would become a bigger hobby and then a passion. He explored different ideas with his photography, and his photography changed over the years, from a single lens reflex camera to a medium format camera. With the age of digital photography upon us, Matt is still a traditional film (analog) photographer today. He prefers the medium format camera, because of the versatility it gives in the field and superior image quality it produces for his Nature Photography.
Today Matt follows his photographic journey exploring the vast Wilderness of The Greater Yellowstone Area that surrounds him. He continues to photograph, read and write about The Greater Yellowstone Area. Matt currently resides in Victor, Idaho with his three horses and dog.