From an early age I remember my father was always a keen photographer. On our travels, including a 6 month trip Australia, I was always greatly impressed by his Pentax. He had a separate light meter and, well, in those days cameras used film, so between the complexities of having to source and develop the film, check lighting, set up for the shot -- and he was adventurous too, taking long exposure shots of beaches and stars -- it all meant that taking photographs took a lot of effort and attention to detail. And then afterwards family and friends would gather for the slide shows: clunk, kchirr... of the carousel, and "oops that one's upside down" when a slide was invariably the wrong way round...
Photography has come a long way, and so have I.