This week we here at TravelInsurance.org had the fantastic opportunity to speak with photographer Flemming Bo Jensen, who runs a blog detailing his travels and photography at flemmingbo.wordpress.com. You can also view his online gallery at www.flemmingbojensen.com.
Growing up on a farm in Denmark, Mr. Jensen writes that “even as a child I loved the countryside, loved being outside, loved the wide open spaces.” He is primarily a landscape photographer, with a particular interest in the deserts of the world.
TravelInsurance.org: What’s your favorite place you’ve visited?
Flemming Bo Jensen: That is asking a lot, having me choose a favorite place in the world out of so many fantastic places I have been fortunate to visit. But if I have to pick just one place…no I can’t it will have to be a tie between the deserts of Namibia and the landscapes of Western Australia. Namibia is the most ethereally beautiful place and the outback and coastline of Western Australia is spellbinding. Death Valley in Nevada, USA comes in as a strong 3rd.
TI: What place do you most want to see?
FBJ: I think there’s a quote that goes “I haven’t been everywhere yet but it’s on my list!”. Everytime I travel the list grows longer. Our planet is home to so many places I want to visit. Patagonia is high on my list presently, so is most of Africa. I love ancient landscapes and wide open spaces and I also have a deep connection with Africa, really love that continent.
TI: Where do you live permanently? Why?
FBJ: Presently I have no home, I am a nomadic landscape photographer travelling the world after selling my home in 2009 and taking off in November 2009. The road is home, home is where the heart is I guess. But Copenhagen in Denmark used to be my permanent home and is still the place I call home. Western Australia is my second home after 9 visits, I do love that place.
TI: Best and worst thing you’ve eaten on a trip?
FBJ: The best thing would have to be all the lovely meals I had in Thailand, fantastic food. The worst thing was sampling Australian bush tucker. Bugs really aren’t good fresh, should be deep fried!
TI: What’s the scariest situation you’ve been in while traveling?
FBJ: Not much comes close to riding my bicycle around Copenhagen in rush hour traffic, much more dangerous than any travel situation I can recall. I have had a few close calls with steep falls, mostly due to me forgetting to look where I walk when I am shooting photos (rule no. 1, don’t move and shoot). Some of the streets of Nairobi felt a bit dodgy too, I felt unsafe there.
TI: What was your first travel experience? How was it?
FBJ: Not counting holidays as a kid my own first solo travel experience was 6 days in London when I was 17 years old. I rocked up to the hotel in Picadilly Circus looking very young, fresheyed and naive, got my room and had an excellent time exploring the city on my own. I do not recall being nervous or scared at all, I felt free. I shot photos on a cheap 16mm camera and wrote my first travel journal and really enjoyed most of it.
TI: How do you finance your travels?
FBJ: I am a professional landscape photographer and run my own company so travel is also work – creating images from around the world. I am some ways off from making a living from my art though, so I do some IT-consulting and saved some money years ago when I worked fulltime in IT.
TI: Do you have a favorite way to travel?
FBJ: I try to travel light and wish I could get away with a small bag and just wander the world but I still need all my camera gear, can be annoying at times. Airports and planes have become seriously intolerable nowadays. If I could I would travel the world in a 4WD with coffee and a sleeping bag, fully self contained.
TI: Any advice to would-be travelers?
FBJ: GO! The world is one big beautiful adventure, there will be great days on the road and there will be bad days. Travelling can magnify everything, good days become fantastic and bad days can get pretty bad. But you will learn something new everyday, you will get out of your comfort zone and have life-altering experiences as you widen your horizon, meet new people and see new locations.
TI: What drives you to see new places around the world?
FBJ: The promise of new images, new landscapes, new people, new experiences, new horizons, new adventures and new locations. It can actually become a drug, good and bad. Our world is both terrible and fantastic and I want to see and capture it all.