I received my first camera when I was a wee child... along with a black & white film. The camera was actually an old one which had belonged to my Dad, but I loved it & took lots of photos of my family with it...
Later, when I was 17, I spent a whole
summer working for a lovely family in their stationary shop. I spent all
my earnings from that summer on my Pentax SP1000 camera & have
taken so many photos on it that I have no idea how many thousands... it
travelled to the UK with me in 1995 & to New Zealand in 1989, even
the Philippines in 2003/4.
It took me a while to embrace digital
photography - but once I did, I did it with passion!!!
Now I tend to photograph every experience, even if it's just walking to the shops... I like to capture the world from my own personal viewpoint!
As a footnote, it took me a while to realise that my Grandfather, Jack Arthur Ritchie Martin, was also a photography buff... he snapped pictures of my Grandmother, Helena, as well as places, family, events & holidays... I just wish he'd written more about them on the back or put them in albums with notes attached... It is lovely to know that we shared a passion in common, though!