This is my first post here although I've been lurking for several months, soaking up knowledge and opinions. I wish my first post could have been under more positive circumstances but, unfortunately, I have been deeply saddened by the news of Ilford's plight.

I am not a professional. I worked as a news photographer for 15+ years before burning out. I dropped out of photography for around 8 years after that. When I started again, I dabbled with scanning my older slides and making inkjets. I thought it would be cool to do the same with black and white but I quickly learned the results were not satisfying. I also discovered that working with photos on a computer screen was not for me. I set up my darkroom again and started printing with silver and chemicals. I am not interested in doing photography for pay. My only goal is the satisfaction I get from making a nice picture I can hold in my hand. Not a virtual photograph--a real photograph.

For the last two years or so, HP5+ and Pan F+ have been the only film I've used in 35mm and 120. I worked out a processing system that produces results that please me. I've been printing my negatives on Ilford MG Warmtone and MGIV. I haven't been much interested in experimenting with other films and papers (other than a little infrared) because I like knowing how materials will respond.

The point of this is that I am not a typical "photographer". Apparently many on these forums are not typical either. We are not into the digital conundrum of continuous hardware upgrading or the instant gratification or the lack of tactility. My view is that many here are into the craftsmanship of the photograph. To this end, we are in the minority and the majority drives the marketplace.

I do photography because I love it. I discovered it 30-odd years ago and it was love at first sight. It is my religion, my sport, my hobby, my enjoyment, my obsession. A very important part of my life may be having to face a major adjustment. I don't freaking like it.

So, anyway, this is my sad way of saying "hello".