why I bother buying photographic gear. I am a hobbyist, and I shoot maybe 50 pictures a week. I am unhappy with most of them. I don’t exhibit my stuff (except on flickr). I don’t make money off of them. I don’t share my work with strangers in the streets. I am not raising awareness for any particular people group. I am not recording the milestones of a child growing up. I am not interacting with my subjects. No one has ever wanted to know more about my photos. So why do I blow thousands of dollars on photographic gear, great though they may be, only to store the end result in a folder (physical or digital)?