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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)?