Political correctness has voided me during this belated introduction so please bare with me as I take this from the beginning to getting here.
It all started out with my parents being amateur photographers but I took less notice than I'd wished of their technical guidance into the world of film, girls were my priority. My father took industrial claim images for a large UK insurance company and my mother was a portrait photographer. My father was also annoying to the point of wanting to smother yourself but at least he left me a camera in his will when he passed away, the Zenit. Thanks Dad....
In my late teens to late 20's I used a good amount of 35mm film using mostly the first generation of compact AF cameras. Probably 1-2 rolls a week which back then deemed me as an annoying bastard considering all subjects were people I knew and that they considered cameras were for holidays. I then met an odd fellow in our town who switched me onto photography as an art form. He was cranky, odd, dressed like a local Lord, he knew film cameras inside out but he didn't smell so we become friends.
After an 18 year gap of serious camera use I decided to look at digital cameras and bought the 5D2 and 7D. Another 3 years later and after 2 years photographing rock concerts across Europe by request I decided to drop digital and go back to film. That's where I am now and why I'm saying hello.
Current cameras include some Canon A1's, a 1947 5x4 Speed Graphic, a Mamiya 645J and 1000s, a Yashica Mat 245G and some home made pinhole cameras along with a cupboards of useless material.
I don't claim to know a lot about photography but I know what looks bad. Self portraits.