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SEALEVEL

December 5th, 2015
Sunrise photo from veteran surf photographer Ted Grambeau's exhibit SEALEVEL — Silence of Change at Pipeline Gallery. Courtesy Ted Grambeau.

Sunrise photo from veteran surf photographer Ted Grambeau's exhibit SEALEVEL — Silence of Change at Pipeline Gallery. Courtesy Ted Grambeau.

World renowned surf and adventure photographer Ted Grambeau debuts SEALEVEL — Silence of Change, the first of a series of exhibitions across the globe, at Pipeline Gallery in Haleiwa.

SEALEVEL is a photographic series: "Exploring the elements and interplay of the ocean before sunrise. Distilling the elements to a bare minimum to express a body of work that is purely abstract. Captured moments from nature's rich pallet of colors, its subtle tones and myriad of hues reflecting the mood of each new day."

"I want to bring awareness to one of the major environmental issues of our time through the medium of fine art photography," said Grambeau in an artist's statement. "Telling the shocking story about climate change by choosing to use beauty without words — the silence of change — the rising sea level."

Grambeau, who has explored surf from Iceland to Madagascar, made a personal commitment two years — or 730 sunrises — ago to creatively document sea level rise resulting from climate change.

The result is an array of powerful tableaus, each one unique and stunningly beautiful in its own way, capturing the beauty of nature and instilling a love for the ocean.

Climate change is often seen as someone else's responsibility, according to Grambeau. Unless an individual understands how it will impact them personally, it is unlikely they will feel empowered or motivated enough to take action. Through the awareness of art, he hopes to inspire "the choice of change."

The exhibit is up until Monday, Dec. 7 at Pipeline Gallery, 66-165 Kamehameha Highway, Haleiwa, on Oahu's North Shore. Follow Grambeau @tedgrambeau on Instagram.

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