I'm working in Scandinavia at the moment, shooting for various clients and projects in places such as Copenhagen and Løkken, and loving every minute of it - not least because of the beautiful skies and infinite horizons, but because journeys like this open your eyes.
When you live and work in a big city like London, it's easy for your world to shrink. You get blinkered to everything outside of the city walls and forget just how big this planet is. Coming to another country, or even just a different part of your own, reminds you that you're not held captive by the opportunities on your doorstep, but that there are almost infinite possibilities out there. This is true of the creative process and in terms of business as well.
I was out here last year, too, and it gave me the opportunity to make images that would have been impossible back in London. Not just because of the visual landscape, but also because of the different attitudes towards art and creativity that you find when you travel. In Denmark, where I am right now, all art is welcomed with an open mind and open arms, back in London this isn't the case so much, so it's refreshing to come to a place with a different perspective.
And it's also a reminder that photography is everywhere, and there's a need for it right across the globe. So when business is slow at home, it can't hurt to cast your net further afield and see if you can find such a friendly, welcoming audience as I've found here.
As photographers our skill resides in the way we see the world. But if our world never changes, the way we see things can begin to get a little stuck. So go outside, take a walk, catch a plane, and remember what American writer Henry Miller said:
"One's destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things."