Hi Taryn & Marty, it’s been close to a year since we last caught up with you. Time does fly! Could you briefly run through what you guys have been up to since?
Hi team! What a crazy year it’s been, for all of us, I’m sure. We made many new friends, got inspired about surfing (even the kids) and did a lot of work we’re proud of in the last year. After our visit with you we traveled from (take a deep breath) France to Spain, then the UK and Ireland, back to Morocco, then Greece, Singapore, Australia and New Zealand. We were in Bali when the Coronavirus hit, and we really weren’t certain what we should do. We decided to make a run for Peru, where we had a photo shoot scheduled in the Sacred Valley. But we never got there. On landing in San Francisco, we heard the announcement, Peru was closing its borders. We spent a few days there scratching our heads then flew to Idaho, where Taryn’s family lives, to weather the isolation period. From there we’ve revisited some favorite Pacific Northwest places, with lots of space, trees and mountains and swims in the cold, clean sea. The big challenge has been coming “home”, but not being able to see many of the people we missed so much! The last few months have been quiet and peaceful, but with all of the stresses of a virus-stricken world feeling very real.
We’re obviously living in a world that has drastically changed since then. Could you tell us how the Corona virus, the “lockdown” and travel restrictions impacted you?
Besides literally stopping us in our tracks, the virus has changed much for us. Most of our income comes from photographing for brands and organizing travel, for our Gatherings and for other clients. Nobody’s traveling right now, so we’re leaning in on commercial photography. We’ve helped a number of brands shoot their new collections in this weird, socially distanced world, and the results have been great. At the same time, travel is our normal way of operating, and we have missed it! We are scheduled to leave for Ireland in a few days, with the required 14-day quarantine on arrival, but there are very real restrictions now on where we can go. The US is obviously failing badly at handling the virus, and we’re feeling the very literal affect of that. Our conversation today: “Well… where are we allowed? Turkey, or Japan, or Hawaii? Where can we manage a quarantine? Where will we be welcome?” We’d become quite good at planning steps as we go along, but right now the future is a fog of uncertainty. But if there’s one thing that two years of travel has taught us, besides how to be just fine with just us in a small space (we LOVED quarantine, actually), it’s how adaptable we can be. We can change course at any moment, we can rely on each other and our creativity. We feel well-prepared to move into this new world.