The Full Story
About Graham Elliott
I've been passionate about photography since I was very young. I remember saving my pocket money when I was a boy so that I could buy a new black and white polaroid camera.
I've studied photography at various times and with various organisations and photographers. I'm a qualified photojournalist and have also done portrait work (love it) and weddings (not my thing!).
I'm an adventurer at heart and have always had at least one camera in my backpack.
My adventures include:
Helping two amazing whale researchers in Western Australia as a volunteer for a short time and learning lots about humpback whales.
Riding a 900cc motorbike solo around Australia over four and a half months, six months after getting my license.
Flying aeroplanes, including a Russian MiG-25 at more than twice the speed of sound at 80,000 feet.
Being part of a group climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to raise money for UNICEF Australia (we raised over $84,000).
Taking the opportunity to dive to the wreck of the RMS Titanic in a small submarine.
I've since spent time volunteering with different projects in Africa and this has given me first-hand experience of the issues confronting conservation (animal and environment) today. This drives my fine-art print photography work as I believe the more we connect with nature, the more we appreciate it. Not everyone gets the opportunity to go where I've been, but I hope by sharing my work, some of my passion will rub off too. That's why 10% of the proceeds from print sales go to projects I've worked with.
I'm also a qualified life coach, NLP practitioner and behavioural profiler. What all of that boils down to is that I love to see people being successful, especially in areas where they have struggled. This passion is behind my training courses; I believe that having a creative outlet is essential for good mental health and general well being. Photography is one of those activities where there is always something new to learn. I have tried to make my courses as accessible as possible and the membership programme is designed to build a virtual community of people around the world. Who knows what possibilities that can create?
I learned a lot and had a good time too!
(And, upon seeing my first humpback whale up close, I was promptly sea-sick!)
A quick stop at the "Devils' Marbles" in Australia's Northern Territory for a 'selfie'.
At the top of Mount Kilimanjaro. I had an emotional moment as months of training (including running a half marathon and countless hikes to get fit) had gone into reaching the summit.
The bow of the RMS Titanic
This has to be the most hostile environment I've ever been. The wreck lies two and a half miles deep and there are a handful of undersea vehicles that can take people to that depth.