Call for Mail Art

Posted by on Jan 10, 2013 in Inspired by Dan
Call for Mail Art

Create your masterpiece with your take on ‘Safari as a Way of Life. Can be in any visual medium.

An Excerpt from Art of Life: Thanksgiving

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014 in Twenty Years On
An Excerpt from Art of Life: Thanksgiving

The fall of 1991 served as an antidote to the perpetual overcast of London and the sultry, labyrinthine alleyways of Morocco. Having temporarily given up the mobile shop, Dan returned to Los Angeles to take a few classes through UCLA Extension. It proved to be his best American experience yet. He had lived in L.A. […]

The Journey is the Inspiration: Martice Smith II

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014 in Inspired by Dan
The Journey is the Inspiration: Martice Smith II

I learned of Dan Eldon’s story through a blog, headed by artist Seth Apter. I was immediately captivated by the stunning, instinctive, raw and sometimes painful images created by Dan. This fascination jolted me into another realm as I anxiously read and flipped through the pages of “Dan Eldon: The Art of Life”. I needed […]

An Excerpt from Art of Life: Northern Kenya

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014 in Dan Eldon Legacy
An Excerpt from Art of Life: Northern Kenya

Northern Kenya Oct. 28, 1990 Frontier town By: Dan Eldon Everyone is armed, things are sharp. O.k. I finally have a lot to say, but I don’t want to write the usual self-centered white man traveling in Africa story. I’m sick of films and books set in third-world places about Euros floating around and showing […]

Our World, Their Lens

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014 in Twenty Years On
Our World, Their Lens

“It was exploring the unknown and trying to make it known to the rest of the world that led to Dan’s death. In the months before he died he made a name for himself covering the civil war in Somalia. Dan took searing images of the conflict’s innocent victims — skeletal children and starving men […]

The Journey is the Inspiration: Joanna Bennett

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Inspired by Dan
The Journey is the Inspiration: Joanna Bennett

I came across this talented young man’s work on the web several years ago. To say I was blown away is an understatement. I think what grabs me most about his work was his celebration of his surroundings, his love of diversity, his honest documentation, unaltered. As it has already been stated, his work is […]

An Excerpt from Art of Life: Arriving in Blantyre

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Twenty Years On
An Excerpt from Art of Life: Arriving in Blantyre

In the last week of the trip, Dan put a new sticker on Deziree’s bumper: “Positive Vibrations.” They needed the sentiment as they skirted the Mozambique border on their way to Bantyre. The area had a trashed, desolated look. The purpose of the trip, largely overlooked in the past several weeks, suddenly came into acute […]

Our World, Their Lens

Posted by on Jul 4, 2014 in Dan Eldon Legacy
Our World, Their Lens

It’s that day of the year that everyone whips out their old American flag T-shirt to attend the local parade, grill out and play corn hole with the family in the backyard, and end the night looking up at a brilliant display of fireworks. This day to rep our red, white and blue represents so much more […]

The Journey is the Inspiration: Emily Cline

Posted by on Jul 3, 2014 in Inspired by Dan
The Journey is the Inspiration: Emily Cline

When I was pregnant with my now 7 year-old son, a friend of mine started dating – and soon wisely married – Dan Eldon’s sister, Amy. Somewhere in my fog of being terribly nauseous for 9 months and realizing I needed to quit my much-loved career in acting to raise “the alien” I was carrying, […]

Meeting Ralph: An Essay

Posted by on Jun 30, 2014 in Twenty Years On
Meeting Ralph: An Essay

Ralph Waldo Emerson By Dan Eldon It’s Monday and time to do my essays for class. Gone are the days of churning out a page and a half on “what I did last summer or over the weekend.” For Wednesday I have due: “Discuss the characteristics of Romanticism, using examples from Goethe, Wordsworth, and Keats” […]

Our World, Their Lenses

Posted by on Jun 27, 2014 in Twenty Years On
Our World, Their Lenses

“After my first trip to Somalia, the terror of being surrounded by violence and the horrors of the famine threw me into a dark depression. Even journalists who had covered many conflicts were moved to tears. But for me, this was my first experience with war. Before Somalia, I had only seen two dead bodies […]