GOLD COAST EXHIBITION
NEWS 2018: OCEAN ART PHOTOGRAPHY PRINTS
Bleach Festival and The Dust Temple Gallery played host to my latest photographic series ‘SEALEVEL - The Art of Awareness’. A body of work expressed through abstract ocean photography. Unique images reflecting moments of light and colour captured at sunrise presented as fine art photography prints.
IN THE PRESS
“Internationally renowned ocean, surf and adventure photographer Ted Grambeau has created a beautiful collection of abstract ocean images in hope of bringing our attention to the very real issue of climate change.
For over forty years, Melbourne born Ted Grambeau has been consumed by his quest to capture the world through his lens. An obsession that has led him on a journey to nearly 100 countries, exhausting over a dozen passports. He’s mostly known for leading adventure expeditions into remote locations in search of undiscovered waves and is most at home when deeply immersed in the ocean.”
ABOUT THE ARTIST
With formal studies in Illustrative photography at RMIT University in Melbourne, Grambeau communicates an intimate relationship with ‘light’, a sophisticated understanding of it’s various expressions – the refraction, reflection and absorptions. The documentary nature of this project requires that Ted be at the waters edge before dawn, when most of us haven’t even thought about opening our eyes.
When he’s not chasing monster waves half way around the world, he prefers to live by the ocean at Currumbin on the Gold Coast. Finding balance, Ted keeps life ‘low key’ but when given the opportunity to share his thoughts on photography an animated creative is revealed. He is inspired by the Masters Henri Cartier-Bresson and Sebastião Salgado. A photojournalist style is expressed in his work after having spent his formative time assisting the great Magnum legend Burt Glinn of New York.
Ted has titled this body of work ‘SEALEVEL - The Art of Awareness’. A project that’s close to his heart, with a majority of these images being captured just footsteps from where he lives.
At first glance it’s a stunning collection of abstract imagery that has organically evolved from a lifetime journey of photography. On deeper investigation you’ll discover timeless moments filled with colour and light, reflective images that document the truth of an event: the invisible nature of climate change.
Through my lens I’ve captured magical moments, dancing light and glimpses of the sea, her many moods, observing the nuances of light, it’s complexities and varying interactions with the elements – each image with a personality so expressive, beyond unique in tone and form.
As Ted explains his views on environmental issues, he touches on the frustration he feels towards climate change and the urgency of action that needs to occur before our sea levels rise beyond the point of no return. “The effects will be devastating before we actually notice.” he says.
Ted is one of the world’s great surf and ocean photographers. Over the past 30 or so years he’s had more surf magazine covers than he can remember, his CV of magazine articles, expeditions, movies and books is an afternoons read in anyones language. He studies and monitors weather maps and understands the intricacies of an impending swell forecast well in advance. He has travelled to locations that will be lost, submerged under water once the sea levels start to rise due to the change in climate.
Excited by the prospects of exhibiting his work again, Ted reflects on the first time he showed his SEALEVEL Series at the Pipeline Gallery in Hawaii. Special guests like Kelly Slater and leading environmentalist Jack Johnson came along, with Jack’s wife Kim selecting a few pieces to hang in their home on the North Shore.
And then in Sydney at the prestigious Stanley Street Gallery in Darlinghurst as a featured solo exhibition for the Head On Photo Festival. “It’s always great to spend some time chatting with art collectors and critics, all with an ecstatically positive response so far.
FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY PRINTS
BLEACH FESTIVAL 2018
Dust Temple Gallery
My current exhibition will be showing at the Hinge Gallery, located at the Dust Temple in Currumbin as part of the Bleach Festival and Gold Coasts Arts and Culture feature coinciding with the 2018 Commonwealth Games celebrations.
GALLERY: Dust Temple
54 Currumbin Ck Rd
Currumbin, Gold Coast. QLD
OPEN: 24th March - 20 April 2018
DAILY: Monday - Friday 6am-4pm
Saturday - Sunday 7am-1-pm
GALLERY: Isla Wilson 0401 727 433
Saturday 24th March 6 - 9pm will be a bit special as I will be launching and signing copies of my new book ‘Adventures in Light’ - a photographic journey spanning four decades combined with my abstract ocean photography exhibition SEALEVEL - The Art of Awareness.