TED GRAMBEAU PHOTOGRAPHY
master photographer | resume | adventures in light
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’.
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 Masters Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sebastião Salgado early in my photographic journey, it’s now a privilege to be an inspiration to the aspiring - there are lessons to be learned and time to be done.
I feel my contribution is best expressed via my photography. My most recent personal project has been created as a result of my photographic journey. SEALEVEL - The Art of Awareness is a dynamic body of work that has evolved from a lifetime journey of being deeply immersed in the ocean, observing the nuances of light, it’s complexities and varying interactions with the elements.
Driven by the rising sun of possibilities, I’m at the waters edge before dawn, at sea level wherever I am on the planet. Through 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.
SEALEVEL is a project close to my heart, my place of work - reflective images documenting the truth of an event: the invisible nature of climate change and the rise in sea level.