We all live in our little spheres of interest and experience. We are comfortable with known places, known cultural identities, familiar names of heros, and so on. Photographing what is common to us is great, but also constraining. It can result in clichés or the offen seen image. How many photographers really work "out of the box" of familiarity and experience. While I am very comfortable and satisfied with my own mixed cultural identity (advantage of both French and English-speaking influences) and environment, I think that I have a good appetite for the different. This has led me to photograph the US deep south (very different cultural and physical milieu), small Portugese and French villages and their inhabitants, and other places different from my own. Of course, difference does not refer only to places and cultures but also photographic themes and subjects. In those areas, I try to avoid what is too common or too well-travelled and attempt to seek out new visions and images. Are you happier photographing what is common and familiar to you, or are you more intrigued by the different? Do you believe that to succeed artistically you need to embrace the unknown rather than (or at least in addition to) the commonplace, in order to incite your best response?