Arugam bay | Ocean portraits

Beach it is!

After a small trip to Trincomallee, with plans to lay on the beach and do nothing,  we ended up going snorkelling and getting our Scooters broke down in the pouring rain we went for the real gold, Arugam Bay.


Arugam Bay is surfer’s heaven where you can surf, lay on the beach, have some cocktails and eat really good food. Despite of surfing every day I also chose to photograph some of the local fisherman. I was surprised on how open they are on being photographed and how beautiful these men where in their trades and skills . Arugam once was only a small fisherman’s town until the Tsunami turned up in 2004 and destroyed most of the village. Now after only 13 years it has restored itself… and more. Arugam became one of the best known surfer towns in Sri Lanka. A big part of the men, who were fishermen, nowadays  own surf shops, become surf teachers or work in another part of tourism.


Another photogenic men and a good friend joined me while I took pictures on the beach, his name is Wilco and he let me take this RAW and intriguing shot of him.

We met Bluey on the beach . He is an Australian who is practically a local in this town. He showed us pictures of Arugam before the Tsunami . Interesting  how much this town has grown and heart-warming how beautiful it is has become again in spite the tragic event.

My surf instructor decided he wanted to help me shoot a nice sunset and so he took me to Elephant rock. During the day I surf here. I never expected it to be so breath-taking during the night time.


With my pictures I hope I have  captured some of the Arugam spirit. And I don’t mean the Sri Lanka local drink Arrack!

Veerle Sloof

Veerle Sloof

My name is Veerle Sloof. I’m a 22-year-old photographer. In 2014 I started my own photography business: Veer & Vorm.

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  • Bianca Sloof

    30 September 2017 at 09:57 Reply

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