Well, 2021 has been a wild ride for us all – there are positives amongst all the case numbers, lockdowns and mumbling behind masks. So after 22+ years of running Aquabumps, I had a massive break (during lockdown) from the daily routines and spent a lot of time with my monster children+wifie (and surfing!) I forgot how much I love surfing! Oh, and those kids are O-K as well. Wifie too! Haha.
BB & I must thank our team at Aquabumps for hanging in there, even whilst we had to shut the gallery door for four months. Big-T, Money, Jojo the fork thief, Joolz, Aimee, Mem, Robb, Kel – L.E.G.E.N.D.S! Thankyouse.
Also, massive thanks to you – our readers! This year, I received some pretty touching messages saying Aquabumps was their light in the lockdown hell. I learnt that the ocean and photography could bring much joy to people in times of adversity.
It still blows my mind that a bit of a side hobby I started 22 years ago has grown to what it is today. We have artworks all over the globe and readers in such faraway places. Amazing what you can achieve when you’re purely passionate about something and don’t listen to the naysayers. I’ve been told my whole career this lifestyle and work doesn’t exist. Don’t do it. Get a real job! Get a haircut.
I still love shooting daily. I do. In this post is some of my favourite images taken in 2021.
So now I’m going offline, just for a bit, not like that lockdown bit, just a bit. I’ll put the cameras down and spend time with what matters.
Merry Christmas to you and your family. Posts and photos will be very sporadic and infrequent in January. Our gallery is still open right up until 6pm Xmas Eve for last-minute shopping (our holiday season hours). Gift cards are always available and issued instantaneously.
Stay safe, : : uge
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