okay, so i'm curious about people here, and their stories. like, what brought you to photography, how do you pay for it, where are you from, basic photo-life story. so everyone post theirs! now the unfortunate task of reading mine. i grew up in a town outside houston, photography was slightly above average in my family. i played around a little with it and soon was running my dads minolta. i got into night photography thanks to troy paiva, and then pinhole. slide film at night, polaroid transfers and lifts, emulsion lifts. 8 hour days in the darkroom toying with my own concoctions of developers. i ate slept breathed photography. bought a digital camera and decided to make it my career. i started doing portraits, weddings, whatever i could to gain experience. i read everything. went to seminars etc. i was more and more cocky and confident. i'm now more socially inclined, or rather am more interested in using photography to inform people, or to make political statements and within a month of deciding that flew to thailand and have been avoiding portrait jobs with se asias ceo of chevron and the likes of others. i'm working on several stories here and have never been less confident in my ability as a photographer, but have never been so confident in my ability to help change peoples circumstances in life. i'm 19 and was a bs major in photography now a bfa art-photography perhaps becomming a ba major in sociology. i'm lost. i'm on the same journey siddhartha was on minus his good looks, brilliance and so called religious insight. and now i'm ever so curious about those of you reading this.