I think I'm in the same camp as a lot of people, I had an interest in astronomy and photography as a young teenager, having one of those Tasco white telescopes. I also taught myself to develop black and white films and had built my own darkroom complete with an enlarger at 16 years old. This was at the time of the Apollo moon landings. My first astro photograph was of the moon at that time, which were exciting times for a youngster with this particular interest. I also had a go at grinding my own 6" mirror to make a Newtonian (never finished) I was living in Rawmarsh at this time and there wasn't an astronomy society in existence then or I didn't think there was.
As I got older my interest waned, married had family, they grew up left home. I was now living in Doncaster. About 6 - 7 years ago I joined Doncaster Astronomical Society and rekindled my interest in astro photography. Eventually, I joined the BAA, SPA and Webb Deep Sky Society. Also at this time I'm editor of DAS' journal First Light.