We have decided that within the next 5years we shall return to the UK.
Nothing to do with Canada but more to do with my Irish Gypsy heritage. Both Steven and I need to wander and find new challenges and even in the Uk we owned 5 houses before coming out here cos we always got bored in one place.
Some people's spirits are happy to remain working in the same shop all their life, live in the same house etc.
Others need adventure. That is where Steven and I fall in. We are planning on driveing around the world with the Children and the Polepics truck before heading to the Cotswolds.
The only BIG stumbling block is USA. For Steven to take the Polepics pictures he needs a work permit - you cannot just be freelance - you have to be affliated with someone who is willing to sign that they are hiring you for even $5 a photo file. Then you get a work permit.
But NAtional Geo etc say they no longer do that and only deal with internal photographers, even though they admitted that a family of 6 travelling the world, sending in written assignments on the people, cultures and events they are going to and photographing from a unique perspective does sound like the sort of thing their readership wants.
So we spoke to Lonely Planet - again they love the notion but told us people just give them photos for free as any one can take pictures.
The fact that Steven is an International photographer with equipment that only 4 others in the World have seems to escape their notice.
And Steven cannot hire himself.
Shame cos he was going to send a % of the sale of any photos - either to the media, or the person, or people that hire him, or from any exhibitions that could be put on to "A bed for every child" charity.
So am putting my thinking cap on, cos we can afford to do the trip, but cannot do the trip unless we can get work permits, so, if anyone knows how this can be done, or of anyone that would be willing to pay for Steven to go on an around the world assignment say in exchange for xyz number of photo files from the countries he goes to (on an unlimited licence useage for their own marketing purposes)- as long as Steven retains the copyright to sell on to interested parties and exhibitions, please please let me know.