It all started for me when my father put a Box Brownie into my hands. After I learned to walk, and before I could ride a bike.
I took photos before I could ride a bike. Even before my first day of school.
And because it was a Box Brownie, I started out not looking through a lens like on an SLR, but looking down through a glass prism- the viewfinder in this classic old style camera.
Just a step away from the bellows camera used by photographers in cowboy movies about the Wild West.
SHOOT FIRST, STUDY LATER
After school I went to college and learned theory-