I love this place! So much to see, wonderful people, great outlet for artistic creativity! International in scope so we get to see places and things we wouldn't see otherwise, and communicate with people and experience their point of view and artistic pursuits! How cool is that?!?!! =)Ok, some details about me. Artist since age 11, grew up in SW Oklahoma. Extensive experience in oil painting, drawing, AS degree in Art Education, started photography at age 10 when I bought a brownie camera for 50 cents at a yard sale. It used 620 film (anyone remember those large negatives?), my dad was satisfied that I could handle a camera so at age 11 he taught me (and trusted me) to use his Asahi-Pentax 35mm SLR with handheld light meter (both bought in mid 1950's and used for all family photos). He gave me the camera several years ago and all his equipment, a legacy. I use a Canon PowerShot and hope to get a better digital camera somewhen. Meanwhile it captures and occasionally produces a gem.