About Visual storyteller, adventurer, observer, photographic Illustrator, breadmaker, cyclist, pseudo musician, carpenter & engineer when necessary, collaborator, & loyal friend always. Simon Griffiths was born in England but has called Raleigh, North Carolina his home since he was eleven. As a student in 1983, Simon found himself under the basket at the NCAA National Basketball Championship documenting the last second shot by Lorenzo Charles of NC State. That was perhaps the beginning of a career that defines the adage of never giving up taught by the late basketball coach Jim Valvano. Armed with a degree in Civil Engineering and, obviously, a sense of humor, Simon became a photojournalist and sports photographer. Later a transition into commerical photography and advertising culminated in a portfolio of annual reports and illustrations for many of North Carolina's best companies. Red Hat, Highwoods, CCB as well as many others counted on him to capture the best of their products, services, and leadership. Simon's editorial work has been featured in national magazines such as Smithsonian, National Geographic, Inc. Magazine, CEO Magazine, Banking Strategies, and many other local, regional, and national publications. Through Avanti Press, Simon has sold over two million greeting cards. In 2005, Simon went into transition formulating a plan to get back to the work he loves the most... black and white portraits. That transition culminated in 2009 with the publishing of Secrets of Success, NC Values-Based Leadership authored by retired General Hugh Shelton, former chairman of the joint chiefs, and published by Ivy House Books, featuring 35 of NC's most notable citizens. Today Simon continues to offer the same services, but has expanded to produce fine art photography and photo illustrations purchased for home, corporate, and retail environments. His latest project is a collaboration on a book about our National Park Rangers in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks. Ranger Project Link Simon also serves on the board of the non-profit TREES ACROSS RALEIGH, an organization that partners with both public and private entities hosting tree planting projects throughout the city.