We got really frustrated a couple of years back when we were selling the London house. So many people just come to snoop, some come just to see how low an offer they can make and others come to fill in time because they are bored. We could always pick the time wasters as they never got past the hallway, which had a gallery display of 12 of our favourite scuba diving photos. And as to their reactions when they got into the room we used as an office and saw the animated screensavers on our iMac screens….
It was extremely complimentary and we do love to talk a good dive, but we ended up taking down every single dive picture throughout the house and it sold shortly afterwards.
However, the experience did lead to the idea of producing an annual calendar. Last year was our first and although we didn’t print Amazon quantities, it sold out.
Maybe we are better at selling calendars than houses. Anyway, the 2013 version has 13 rather pretty dive and fishy pictures including a couple of wrecks. It’s on sale here.
A Bit About the Authors, Beth and Shaun Tierney:
Way back in the 80s, we did a round-the-world trek spending long spells in the tropics, floating over vivid coral reefs and wishing we were down below with the divers. At the time our budget didn’t extend to learning to dive but within months of returning to London we signed up for a BSAC course, did our first open water dives in the Maldives and all our qualification dives in Cyprus.
A few years went by and we became increasingly involved in the diving world as a photo-journalist team with editorial work covering both land and dive travel, marine biology and conservation. A few years later, we took a ‘career break’ and aimed to dive our way around the world. We didn’t manage to see as much as we wanted but it was a great year and led to being published in many international dive magazines, newspapers, travel guides and on the Internet.
Since then, we have become PADI Master Scuba Divers and our work has become increasingly focussed on dive travel books. We have been lucky enough to return to many of the places we first visited in the 80s and are slowly managing to reach all the other diving destinations we missed in the past.
Shaun’s first career was as a studio photographer but his first love is now shooting underwater. Beth worked in advertising and marketing, most recently as a consultant in the dive industry.