I have always been a photographer -- from using my first GAF Pocket 110 camera to now. My father enjoyed photography back in the film days and I always found it magical to watch him develop his black and white photos in his basement darkroom.
Since my first pocket camera, I have always owned a camera. In my first job out of college, part of my responsibility was teaching a photography class at a junior college -- and I also was the campus photographer.
As much as I admired photographers who captured images on film, I always hated it. I hated not knowing how images would turn out until I got into a darkroom or sent my film off to a lab for processing.
Since the advent of digital photography, however, I have rediscovered the form and -- quite frankly -- really enjoy its rewards: be it capturing portraits of individuals, stills of performances or landscapes.
It's still magic -- although a part of me does miss the magic of a photo appearing on a paper soaking in developing fluid....