Dan Eldon was born in London, England in 1970.  At the age of seven, a family move to Nairobi, Kenya ignited a lifelong fascination with the land and the people of Africa.  Accompanying his journalist mother on her interviews, he observed the power of media to inform and inspire.  His father’s work with local community leaders taught him how to transform ideas into action.  As a teenager, Dan combined his passion for art, adventure and activism into a personal philosophy that he called, “Safari as a Way of Life.
The Journey is the Destination

Mission Statement for Safari as a Way of Life:
“To explore the unknown and the familiar, distant and near and to record in detail with the eyes of a child, any beauty, (of the flesh or otherwise), horror, irony, traces of utopia or Hell.  Select your team with care, but when in doubt, take on some new crew and give them a chance.  But avoid at all costs fluctuations of sincerity with your best people.”

– Dan Eldon

Although Dan explored more than 40 countries, he was always drawn back to Africa. It was this love that would eventually lead to his death. On July 12th, 1993, Dan, one of the youngest Reuters photojournalists ever, along with three colleagues, was stoned and beaten to death while covering the tragic conflict in Mogadishu, Somalia.  At 22, Dan Eldon’s safari came to a sudden end.  However he left behind seventeen black-bound journals filled with drawings, writings and photographs…vivid collages that chronicle a child’s journey into manhood and a lifelong struggle with the forces of good and evil. -- While Dan’s photos are works of journalism, his journals are works of art…a celebration of adventure and a testament of desire to live life to its fullest.  Now, through his art, sense of adventure and creative activism, his journey continues.  And if the journey truly is the destination, then Dan Eldon has certainly arrived.