I think of photography as a way to collect and catalogue memories. It gives me great joy to review my galleries from various trips I've taken around the world. I like to capture events, trips, get-togethers, people, places, hikes with friends, and especially serene natural scenes. While I understand some people may prefer videos filled with moving scenes, voices, and all the glorious background noise. I personally prefer to let my mind fill in those gaps when reviewing the still images. I can drift back in time at my own pace, and revisit conversations with friends, family, and loved-ones since lost.
My first few cameras were all disposable Kodak point-and-shoots. Sometime during my childhood we acquired a Polaroid camera, and that was great fun to use around the house. When digital cameras hit the market, my parents got me a Nikon Coolpix. Little did we know at the time what a huge step backwards in quality it was compared with film... however, digital finally caught up!
Once I started my first job out of college, I decided to take photography a bit more seriously and picked up my first DSLR: a Canon T1i. That was a fun camera that opened my eyes to a whole new world of digital image quality. Add in a polarizing filter and Adobe Lightroom, and it was like I stepped into the future.
Eventually I moved on to a Canon 6D, courtesy of a bday gift from my Dad. I tried tacking on a Canon Powershot G16 to have something small and portable that could fit in my pocket on more arduous hikes, but it just wasn't great for landscapes. My current setup is a Fuji X-t2, paired with a 14mm prime lens.