I’m retired after 40 or so years of working mostly in banking and information technology. I live in a Chicago suburb with my wife of 44 years. Our two adult daughters live nearby; each has two kids and I shoot a LOT of grandkid pictures. I’ve always lived in Chicago as did my Dad and his Dad. My wife has also always lived in Chicago.
I got started in photography in about 1958 by using my Mom’s twin-lens reflex camera to shoot black and white. My Mom knew a bit about photography and we set up a darkroom in the basement with an enlarger and developed our own film. In high school I acquired a used Argus C3 and continued to shoot black and white but also started shooting color slide film when we would go on vacation. I kind of lost interest after high school but picked it up again after we got married and had kids. I went through the series of Canon SLR’s, picking up one of the early Canon A1’s. After the kids grew up my interest in photography diminshed somewhat; I was mostly just shooting on vacation or at family events. I got into personal computers very early and that became my hobby. Then, in 1998 I got my first digital camera, a Kodak 1 megapixel. This marriage, if you will, of my two interests, computers and photography was like magic for me. I became a digital photography “nut” taking the camera everywhere and shooting everything. I probably dabbled with almost every online photosharing site or forum that came along, created my own website, etc.
These days I shoot with a Canon T4i