When he was a little boy growing up in Austrias capital city Vienna he just took snap-shots with a Kodak Pocket Instamatic 100 during his stays in different summer-camps in Italy and former Yugoslavia. He shot rolls of more or less interesting things just to show off to his parents. It was the sort of fun and light heartedness pretty typical for kids. That changed when he grew older and he gave up photography for the next 25 years to come as he thought he can memorize anything for ever. In 2003 he had to accept that his thought was wrong and started his mission to capture everything to preserve the present as a memory or to help his old brain – however you would like to put it. A small Canon S45 was his companion with which he shot everything of importance for him. The more he shot the more he enjoyed photography and when his “mission” was finished he didn't wanted to stop. The S45 was good but not capable enough so that he got himself a Nikon D70 DSLR. Unfortunately the more he grew into photography the more the original joy and fun turned into worshiping knowledge. The result was that he spend the whole year 2004 with buying meters of books, reading zillions of postings in several forums, getting in touch with pro photogs around the world and so on. He also spend a fortune in the very best equipment available. The original feeling was replaced by the idea to achieve a maximum of perfection. Sharpness, Aperture, Shutter, Software and so on and so forth were the major issues ... but photography? well - that was also there - more or less. Fortunately he soon recognized that technical perfection and a high grade of skills / knowledge isn't everything without the child in mind. Soon his creativity came back completely enhanced with the knowledge he gained and the gear he bought to express what he always wanted to (and maybe did long before without all that) but now everything flows and it comes with ease. Sounds a bit esotheric to you? Well, maybe … Photography today means to him being a child in mind with a high-tech toy he uses naturally and capture what nobody except him can see. If he's lucky he makes himself happy with what he captured … and sometimes – rarely but it happens from time to time – one of his shots makes somebody else happy. That's what photography makes such a great hobby.
Edited to add: in the meantime the equipment he started with (D70, 18-70, 70-300) was upgraded to pro-level equipment (D3-Series) along with better lenses. He also started selling some of his shots and became member of NPS as well as Blueteam (a association of free photographers). But even if some people would consider him a pro he will always call himself a keen amateur.