I started as a kid with a Kodak Instamatic and those little flash cubes that twirled. The tools are much different now, but it's still the same action, look through the viewfinder and click. For almost fifty years now, wow. It's still fun.
I hadn't read version one shown below in quite a while. It's appropriately pretentious drivel. I've read a lot of statements - I usually go to the about pages to see if the images match the person. If there's a photo, sometimes they don't match at all, but mostly they do somehow. I look tired in my photo.
Everybody is a photographer now thanks to the smart phone. Billions of photos every day, it's kind of overwhelming. Now there's tons of people that want to teach me how to shoot a photo, light a photo, sell a photo. There's services where you pay them to put your photos on free stock sites, promising a paid gig once in a while. Right. There's photographers on craigslist that will shoot weddings, portraits, you name it, for free. All the online photo sites. People like taking photos.
As we move into the Age of the Machines it's very easy to shoot a nice photo, technically speaking. Making a meaningful image is still a challenge given the visual noise out there. But hey, it's fun to try.
They say smell is the most powerful trigger for memories. I grew up in Burbank, California and the smell of cut grass in the breeze on a summer day will instantly teleport me to the early 1970s. The tar smell of a German train station, or a fresh pretzel from a bakery. Wet creosote. A churrascaria in Brazil. I don't know how to capture a smell so here we are.
I don't why I picked up a camera at about age 10 and thought I like this. I used a Kodak Instamatic with flashcubes and the film in a cartridge, 126 I think. My grandfather gave me a Voigtlander rangefinder when I was 12. I shot Agfachrome, pretty grainy stuff. Lots of cameras after that, film to digital, back to film. The smell of fixer will go with me to the next world.
I took lots of selfies before there were selfies. I think of them as self-portraits, just another snapshot in time.
I read somewhere once that photographers take the same photo over and over, just the details are different. It's not the same in a literal sense of course, but the same attitude, along with light, color and form.