As we begin the new year we ask water photographer Bella Bunce, how last year went and what she’s looking forward to in 2023.
Who has impressed you the most out of the Brit surfers you’ve photographed recently?
Beth Leighfield, she recovered from a bad knee injury summer 2022 and by the autumn was back to it, coming second in the log comps and is off to Mexilog this year. Where I’ll be cheering her on at the beach.
How important is it to have a crew to shoot?
So much so, sometimes more than the waves being good. Having reliable and fun surfers to shoot with makes it all so much better.
Any trips planned for 2023?
I’m off to Mexico in February to do a travel video with Beth Leighfield, her boyfriend and my boyfriend. We’ll be driving around Baja in a truck and sleeping on the beaches.
- Only get into it if you are really passionate about water photography, it’s spenny!
- Find reliable surf/ water based friends who are up for going in the sea with you.
- Get yourself a custom wetsuit, it has taken me years to find a wetsuit that is warm enough for shooting in water and I just got a Figure suit and it’s so good.
If you could travel to shoot anywhere where would you love to go?
I really want to go to French Polynesia and Hawaii, where surfing began and the place that showed it to the world. It would be amazing to be immersed in the surfing culture there. Also the waves would be epic.
What do you hope for in 2023?
For 2023 I just hope to see even more diversity in the sea and to see more brands encouraging all walks of life to get into water sports. Also to see more brands starting to develop their products with the environment in mind.