Moving and still images have always been a part of my life.
My father was a filmmaker, one of my brothers is a cinematographer and as a family (six of us) we owned and operated a film and video post production facility for 20 years. Growing up, I would join my father (who started as a photographer) in his darkroom, the smell of the chemicals is still distinct in my mind.
As I got older I would print my own photos also, or make some attempt as I was often a bit lazy about learning the details of what was needed, for instance the proper proportions of chemicals. I always dove in and did my best by feeling around.