what are youR kids' names and how old are they?
jet wolfgang tan is nine years old. and spike ziggy tan is six.
what creative projects have been keeping you busy?
i’ve actually spent the past few months re-discovering sydney; shooting for destination nsw and our aquabumps gallery in bondi. it’s been so nice to spend some time here over winter, as we’re usually travelling. we travel a lot. i’ve been all over greater sydney and the harbour beaches, by boat, chopper and foot. i’ve really enjoyed it, the family too. how lucky are we to live here in sydney.
when we were in lock down, i spent some time shooting at night – a new for me, as i’m a sunrise photographer. i used a pixel stick and in the dead of night we shot some photos on the beach, with no one around. it was very different for me and fun to get creative with my family.
2020 has been an unusual year for a lot of people – how are you staying positive and inspired? has there been much of a change in the way you work and live?
i’ve been shooting at sunrise for 21 years and when we were in lock down, i didn’t shoot at all for 8 weeks. the beaches were closed and we were told to stay home, so i respected that with my family. i still sent the daily @aquabumps blog monday – friday to our global following of 330,000 people, to keep those who couldn’t go to the beach inspired. instead of being shot that day, the images were from my archives that i’d never really had the time to sift through. it made me grateful for the many places i’ve been and experienced. it also made me realise how much i love what i do and the ritual of watching the sunrise and the ocean in first light. it’s definitely how i stay positive and inspired on a daily basis, that and surfing. we all surf, so being in the ocean with my family makes us all pretty happy.