2018 photographs of the year – part 3: Russ Ellis

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As 2018 comes to a close, we’ve asked our regular photographers to pick their favourite cycling images from this year

Photographs: Russ Ellis
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Whereabouts are you based?

I am based in Yorkshire


How long have you been shooting cycling?

Around 5 years all in, with the last 3 being as a full time pro cycling photographer


What appeals to you about photographing cycling?

I am also a cyclist and love all things cycling, so that is a huge draw for me, but when photographing races there is so much going on with not only the riders and the race itself, but the scenery and the fans and the colours. It’s a joy to photograph cycling . Every race is different.


What other areas of photography do you work in?

None really… as I cover the WorldTour I don’t have time for anything else!


Please tell us a little bit about your style of photography. 

I try to mix up my style as I go through the season so as not to just keep creating the same shots. However, I guess there is always a photo journalistic reportage approach that I take. I like to tell the story from a race so I don’t just concentrate on the riders, but the environment and the fans and anything interesting that makes the races what they are. I like my galleries to make the viewer feel like they were at the race with a mixture of detail and wider shots.


What assignments have you done for Rouleur this year?

I shot a feature with Eddie Dunbar and I provided imagery for a Peter Sagan feature also.


What are your plans for 2019?

I will be covering the majority of the WorldTour season again next year for a few teams and brands, I will also be working on a few cycling brand corporate shoots when I’m not on the road. Also the Worlds will be in Yorkshire next season so I’m looking forward to that hugely.


Gallery: Russ Ellis’ scenes from the pros’ track day in Abu Dhabi


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