I met Bronson out surfing on the North Shore.. on this day as a matter of fact. I paddled out to shoot photos of my friend Rosie and he just so happened to be out too. I've never really seen him around prior to this session. I don't usually take photos of strangers but after I watched him catch a couple waves I thought, "Wow. He's got such great, smooth style." So I started snapping photos of him too.
Later, I paddled out to catch a few of my own and exchanged email addresses with him. Long story short.. we are friends now.
Bronson is probably one of the nicest, most humble guys I have ever met. A sort of underground guy, doing his thing, never asking for attention. He is a phenomenal skateboarder, doesn't have Instagram or Facebook, and still uses a flip phone. It seems bizarre to say it in that context [Who do we think we are?! The fact that I even have to bring that up.. as if it were a novelty.. is crazy] but most people our age would gasp at the thought of such a trifecta. It would be social suicide to most.
I feel like we live in a generation where everyone is trying to be somebody. Everyone is incredibly self-involved (I mean.. Kim Kardashian came out with a book titled, "Selfie.") I guess you could say I am that way too. I do, after all, have a blog that is [mostly] about myself. We're all constantly self-promoting ourselves. It doesn't matter what we do for a living. As long as we have social media.. it's happening. So it's really nice to meet people who are still keeping it real. Bronson is a keeper. And he looks so good doing what he does! Who cares if he doesn't have any followers on Instagram, has never updated his Facebook, and doesn't have the world wide web at his fingertips [all the time]. What a breath of fresh air! We could learn a thing or two about this boy.. and being unplugged.
About a boy. Bronson.