I have been a serious photographer since purchasing my first camera during an Army tour in Korea. It was a Canon P rangefinder, essentially a Japanese Leica. Started working in the darkroom when I got home, eventually moving on from B&W to color. I then accumulated 2 camera systems, one based on the Canon F1 and another on the Mamiya 330. I've got thousands of negatives and transparencies from around the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Europe. For several years my 'real job' took up all my time and the photography was put aside. I was in electronic sales and then owned a restaurant. Both took a lot of time. I 'retired' in 2001 and have concentrated on photography with renewed interest. I don't do assignments but concentrate on the fine art and stock photography markets. I've had several group and individual shows and have exhibited at art festivals and in restaurants. Of course, I have long since abandoned the wet dark room for a digital one, scanning my images into the computer and processing them using Photoshop CS5. About a year ago, I made the plunge, selling all my equipment (4 bodies, 10 lenses) and buying a Canon 7D and a 24-105 f/4 zoom. That's all I use now.