STREET SCENES are wonderful examples of Russell's early experimentation in the 70's with rotating lens panoramic technique, a medium which he continues to masterfully revisit in his fine art photography.  Russell was attracted to this time-based photographic vernacular unique to rotating-lens cameras as a voracious way of taking in entire experiences and expansive happenings. Always captivated by the core photographic concept of the decisive moment, Russell has forged his own unique approach to panoramic technique which he dubs the extended moment.

Sword-swallower Panoramic Photograph

Sword-swallower at Park Street; Boston, 1979

Back when only carnies had sleeve tattoos, this busker worked here for years. I think this was Saint Patrick’s Day. The sword, which must have gone down to his waist, went in and out in a flash. Although I’m standing only a couple of feet right behind him, no one is looking at me.   -LR

Park Street Boston Panoramic Photograph

The Pope at Park Street; Boston, 1979

One of my former classmates, working for a wire service, told me he was hired to make only one photograph of the Pope – as were thirty other photographers. I decided to make only one, also – although, in fact, I made two, running across the city for this second one. The limo, traveling as fast as possible on the wet street, sped around the turn and was gone.   -LR

Three-card Monte Panoramic Photograph

Three-card Monte at Park Street; Boston, 1979

This was a regular act on Boston Common but unlike the solo sword-swallower, this included a team, most of which, because it’s illegal, was watching for cops. I’ve been spotted by the guy on the right, who’s yelling at me to leave, and the dealer, immediately quitting his scam, is fast rising from a crouch. Years later, when my 8-year-old son was watching this same routine, he said, “Dad, gimme twenty bucks; I know I can beat this guy!”   -LR