Russell spent more than a year exploring the most northern region of New York state. The "Upstate" series examines New York within 20 miles of the Canadian border. These areas were once thriving with extractive industries. Now most of these locations unfortunately suffer from high unemployment and an aging infrastructure. The landscape can often feel like a time capsule of how America used to be. Treasures of Americana can be found nearly everywhere. This is a part of the country where it's beauty comes from it's history.