By Lana Guineay
“Fun, adventurous, and crazy beautiful!” That’s how 21-year-old videographer Elliot Grafton describes South Australia – and it’s an apt description for his video which has taken off on social media this week.
The stunning footage captures a summer spent exploring South Australia, and has received an “overwhelming” response online.
“It’s a bit crazy,” says Elliot. “Of all my videos, this one has gained so much attention – it’s been great seeing South Aussies really get into it, and say they want to get out there and explore.”
Even more remarkable, considering only Elliot picked up a camera for the first time six months ago. It was love at first shot. Entirely self-taught, Elliot used drones, a GoPro and DSLR to capture his awe-inspiring perspectives of everywhere from Dolphin Bay beach to the Flinders Ranges.
Elliott says it was in part to show a different side of his home state, to locals and beyond.
“Over the last few years I’ve heard people say things like South Australia is boring and there is nothing to do. That’s not what my friends and I thought.
“I love it here and wanted people to see how beautiful it really is. Growing up, my family has always taken me on adventures, whether that’s camping or out on the boat. Then I found my love of videography, and realised it’s a great chance to show a different side of the state. This video showcases the things that my friends and I love to do in our spare time, we are so lucky to live in such an amazing state. Get off your phone and get outside, explore what’s out there!”
What’s next for the intrepid photographer? Lots of travel – camera in hand. Bali and Europe are on the itinerary, but Elliot says there’s so much more of South Australia he’d love to explore, from shark cage diving, to Kangaroo Island and the Eyre Peninsula. Watch this space.
In the meantime, sit back, hit ‘fullscreen’ and watch Elliot’s breath-taking video below.