Born in 1959 in Lower Austria I early started with a cheap and easy camera (medium format with plastic lenses). I always made pics where other people not even thought about (garbage dump e.g.).
I´ll try to post such pics also (after having scanned them).
Having a lot of expertise in analog photography using Nikon professional equipment at the end I quit everything as digital photography came up just waiting for an evironment which could cover my expectations.
Fortunately I´ve been able to experience that and start at 1,6 megapixel with Agfa, followed by Canon, moving to Minolta and again ended up with Nikon.
I was "president" in our photo-club, but as most of such clubs are developping it ended up in a forum to discuss any technical progress but not really do pics.
We closed the club after 3 years - having made a lot of trainings and events.
Not sure if anyone improved his photog skills.