port townsend panoramas // farm house

At the time I was sort of pissed that I was in the middle of nowhere with no good coffee or real city for miles. But now I miss the serenity of places like this. Keep in mind, this is a total misrepresentation of the weather we had that week. Enjoy.

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port townsend panoramas // beaver valley

While on the drive back from my week in port townsend, I noticed there was some great natural light and a lot of cool old buildings passing me. So I decided to get out there and take some pictures as I passed them.  I have a series of these panoramas I'll post as they're finished.

Tuuli of Finland Shoot

These are some pictures I took of the lovely Gracie for a finnish boutique called Tuuli that sells Marimekko clothing near pike place market. Gracie is now doing Dlist Magazine's Covergirl competition. Please vote for Gracie here!

iceland//blurb book

This is my blurb book I made for Tomas' class. A sample of pictures from summer in Iceland. My version of "Heima."

The Abecedarium

This is my class's Crewdson 2010 picture modeled after the work of Gregory Crewdson. The first picture is our inspiration, an illustration by Edward Gorey. The second is our lighting diagram, which was all staged in Union Station in Pioneer Square. Click each image to enlarge!

826 Seattle

This is a video I made last year for the non-profit organization 826 National, more specifically Seattle's branch The Greenwood Space Travel Supply Co. Thanks to Brad Oberhofer for letting me use his song.


Good looking stuff from JB's collection.

"Used furniture, clothes and things"

all photographs ©jeff butler

los angeles part 1

I recently recovered a few rolls of film from my trip to LA last March to see my dear sister Margaret. These were taken at a Sante Alley somewhere near the Historic Arts District. I only say that because we went to Wurstküche right after. That place was tops. (Google Image it for photos of the inside)

góðan daginn

An icelandic horse at my cousin elli's horse farm in Asahrepp on the south coast of Iceland about 85 km from Reykjavík. More to come.


vegan berry oat bars
16 oz berries fresh/frozen of your choice
1/4 cup agave nectar/honey
1/4 cup apple/orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
2 tablespoons cornstarch mixed with enough water or juice to form a smooth paste(I used ww flour)

3 cups oatmeal* (regular, not instant)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 ounces unsweetened applesauce
6 tablespoons (3/8 cup) agave nectar
6 tablespoons (3/8 cup) water
1 teaspoon vanilla

Preheat oven to 375F. Oil an 8×8-inch baking dish.

In a small saucepan, combine the berries, agave nectar, and juice. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. When it boils, stir in the vanilla and the flour mixture. Continue to stir as the mixture boils and thickens. Remove from heat and set aside.

Put 1 1/2 cups of the oatmeal into a blender and grind it to a fine powder. Pour it into a medium-sized mixing bowl and add the remaining oatmeal, cinnamon, baking powder, and salt. Mix well. Stir in the apple sauce, agave nectar, water, and vanilla, and mix well.

Spread half of the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing well to cover the bottom of the pan. Spoon the berry filling over the batter, and cover the berries with the remaining batter.

Bake for 30 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned. Allow to cool before cutting into bars.

*Add a sugar glaze on top by mixing a little vegan powdered sugar with water until it’s the right consistency for drizzling.

*Use gluten-free oats to make these gluten-free.


Homegrown! from christina russo on Vimeo.

this is the photo essay i made for my editorial class this quarter. it's a time-lapse style video about sustainable food using the fremont neighborhood's Homegrown as a model. i know it's a bit long at the required 3 minutes, but hang on 'til the end, it's my favorite part. This footage took about three hours of shooting in house coming out with over a thousand photos and about 64 sequences. I'll be editing it down to a minute and a half soon for their website. Thanks again homegrown, keep up the amazing stuff you're doing!
PS- I highly recommend the Spring Vegan sandwich and homemade potato chips!


Thanks to ben o. for modeling! This lighting setup was inspired by jill greenberg, one of my favorite photographers. The lighting setup was as such- accept for i used a beauty dish instead of a ring flash.

I've also updated my school website with a few things, but it's still under construction...


"Stop Motion" assignment, 5/19/2010

bubble up!

dark glass assignment 4/15/2010

The World at Large

This is a film photo I did of Haley M in the sota studio over a year ago, I just found it on her facebook and remembered how much I loved it. In the darkroom i inset the Modest Mouse lyrics from a transparency for my Illustrated Manuscripts I made for a humanities project...

hey, honey

Honey - the very closest I prefer to get to bees. Once Tyler and I were on a bus and there was a bee flying around. I got so spooked that I made him get off and we walked all the way back to Queen Anne from the top of Denny way, I swear they smell fear...

Besides the insect situation - I love everything about it. Honey nut cheerios, honeycomb, Honey I Shrunk the Kids(I,II, III), etc. I started to wonder when I posted this if honey was vegan...and then I wikipedia-ed it which turned out to be a terrible idea because it involved some really terrifying diagrams of honey bees which I did not enjoy looking at. Then I found some seemingly amusing information that labeled bees as being 'enslaved.' What? Bee slaves? (Useless, right?) But yes, bees as slaves. Or it's dominionism, exploitation of nature, human superiority, whatever you like to call it. It's the whole idea that humans are justified in using all other life forms instrumentally, for our own benefit. The earth: the birds, the sun, the plants. were not made for humans. Why do we feel entitled to take it for our toast?

Either way, honey is bee vomit, and it tastes really good. The way I see it, you can't go through life feeling guilty every time you step on green grass or get in a car, it would just be too damn sad. The difference is intent.
I hope you enjoy the image, it was for an assignment called "clear glass."


This is for our color assignment. I love blood oranges and enjoyed this shoot a lot.


Honestly, even the 5d Mark II doesn't do it justice.
The sky was doing nice things that morning. Spending 2 weeks in Brown's Point was the best thing I could have done to start this year off well. It gave me time to rest, think, and indulge my senses in the habitat of my upbringing that I took for granted for so long.

The first two weeks of the quarter have gone very well.
Our class website is finally up:

It's a Portal

22 seconds, looking out of my window
12/12/09 2:47am
Friday marked the (almost) end of the quarter for everyone on the fifth floor. So until January 4th, life stops a little bit. Now, onto cooking for anne, tyler, and my peace of mind, reading more, catching up, slowing down, wearing warm scarves and long johns, walking charlie and staying out of seattle as much as possible. I've already picked up working on my abstractions again. Good job to my new media group, we made the top 5 out of 30 presentations friday.


My free shot for camera techniques class, shot with the 4x5 camera
I love the amount of control you have, even with such a simple object you can bring out the intense details only a 4x5 camera can capture. This was the fourth lighting setup I used, I was lucky every negative came out without bracketing.
Last week of the quarter, and it is draaaaaagging. Click to enjoy supersized.
Listening to: Christmas Songs by John Fahey

Timothy Brenton Memorial

I took these shots almost a month ago at the memorial held for Officer Tim Brenton, an officer shot to death in the Leschi neighborhood of Seattle.
I hadn't thought much about them accept that they were good practice, but in light of current events surrounding police officers, I came back to these. I thought it appropriate to post my photo-journalistic approach to the reaction of the death of just one police officer in the city of Seattle.
The center was packed with police-officers, firemen, bike cops, SWAT members, emergency care vehicles, and literally any government sponsored workers. Otherwise, the place was deserted. I was the only person there not in uniform, and was thankfully ignored in my jeans and slippers as people paid their respects. These are my favorite shots.
50mm 1.2 lens


Photo Essay - New Media

This is my second new media project. Our concept was to photograph local
business owners on Capitol Hill to capture the essence of our neighborhood through the hard working people who bring us all of
the localized services we need. I don't have the official intro but I will try to post it later. We ended up only exploring the businesses on East Pine Street, which was fine because there is a really diverse community on that one street alone. I hope you enjoy these.
Photographs by Christina Russo
Design and layout by Sam Bae
Printing and Design by Oliver Diaz

Please click the photos to see them BIG!


Sorry I haven't posted for a long while, I developed a nasty case of mononucleosis just a week before school began and have been religiously sleeping/studying since. Now that I'm all healed I'll be back at Starbucks this Saturday and will definitely have something more interesting to say. I thought it might be difficult to keep this blog all film because my classes are primarily digital, but we are doing some work on 4x5 cameras that I really enjoy. I should have some of those photos up soon. I would tell you

all the nerdy details of the photography program I'm in and totally geek out, but I value your time much more than that. Until next time, christina.

Above are some photos of me AT school, not taken by me.

I've got some friends

Taken sometime in August, this is a portrait of Ben in my kitchen on Mercer.
Welcome to the neighborhood, by the way.
Minolta XR-7
Listening to: Love is Simple by Akron/Family
(wishing i was seeing them today)