I became interested in photography the day I became aware that I was actually not just taking fun photos. I was capturing a moment of time through a lens much better than my own. It's view was pure; it was not as jaded or easily persuaded as mine. Every minute detail preserved far better than my memory could ever achieve. I was preserving history, not matter how insignificant the event.
My answer may sound like the ravings of a hallucinatory hippie, but I assure you, my words are genuine.
Now off to make a pot of vegan stew... wink