“Photography is more than a passion, it is my life.”
For over forty years, Melbourne born Ted Grambeau has been consumed by his quest to capture the world through his lens. This obsession has led him on a journey to nearly 100 countries and exhausted over a dozen passports.
Known for leading adventure expeditions into remote locations in search of undiscovered waves, Grambeau is most at home deeply immersed in the ocean.
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 on the East Coast of Australia. 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 feel mesmerised by these timeless moments, reflective images that document the truth of an event: the invisible nature of climate change.