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Ted Grambeau by Trent Mitchell

Ted Grambeau by Trent Mitchell



For over forty years I’ve been consumed by this thing they call ‘photography’, capturing moments in time. From my first darkroom experience where an image appeared as if by magic, to being first published (1977) and eventually being paid to do something I love.

Like all addictions, it comes with a price, it consumes my every thought. I sacrificed a house and land and countless relationships all for my obsession. The bright side of being a gypsy nomad for a couple of decades is the gift of freedom, a lifestyle of travel and discovery, a richness of moments captured, a gift of imagery I feel compelled to now share.

My life’s journey has taken me to nearly 100 countries, exhausted over a dozen passports and filled my world with many and varied friendships from different cultures in some of the most remote places on the planet. The ocean became my office, life became a postgraduate course in ‘How to live life fully’. Quite a significant moment, I guess you could say a defining moment, came from the loss of my parents at a relatively young age. A cloud of urgency moved in, no time like the present to chase your dreams, follow your heart and live life to it’s fullest. So I did just that. I quit Economics and turned my focus to photography and travelling the world - I haven’t looked back since.

Aligning my philosophy of life, surf adventure and exploration with like minded companies saw relationships built with brands as the Surf Industry grew. Rip Curls ‘The Search’, Billabongs ‘The Odyssey’ and Quiksilvers 'The Crossing’ campaigns afforded me the opportunity to take my travels to the ends of the earth. These epic adventures all held the unspoken rule ‘discretion of location’ which to this day is paramount in my philosophy on surf exploration.

Like a wave, life has a beginning, middle and end, a destined path in perpetual motion, so too is the journey of photography. The journey of learning, applying, mastering and sharing, but none of which will flow without a dream and vision fuelled by passion and integrity. Influenced by the greats early in my photographic journey, it’s now a privilege to be an influencer to the aspiring – there are lessons to be learned and time to be done. Staying true to your own path, developing your own signature will only come with time.

My most recent personal project has been created as a result of my photographic journey. SEALEVEL - The Art of Awareness has evolved from a life of immersing myself in the ocean, being connected with the elements, and observing the interaction and complexities of ‘light’. Driven by the rising sun of possibilities, I’m at the waters edge before dawn, 100% sea level wherever I am on the planet. Some of these locations will be sadly below sea level as climate change silently effects our world.

I feel my contribution is best expressed via my photography. Though my lens I’ve captured magical moments, dancing light and glimpses of the sea – a personality so expressive that each image is beyond unique in tone and form. I want to bring awareness to the rise in sea level through my art – the beauty of the ocean, showcasing mother nature and taking it to the next level.

This Ted Grambeau Photography website is expressly designed for you, a place for you to experience the world through my lens. Reflective of an art gallery, you can browse images, feel inspired and even order prints for your place.