Like the rest of us, I photograph like someone hit with a stuffed eel but for God's sake, unless you're hoping to make the thing an entree for a stage/film/ TV/modelling career, why care? ("How to look great in a photograph...", Real Life, 15 June). I love photography - it's one of my hobbies - and for me the camera is the purveyor of the memories I have of people I know. They are flesh and blood, caught in an instant of life. Studio surrounds had nothing to do with some very heart-warming portraits. Some of the best are of people in a touching maturity and very sadly, some are no longer alive - but they are for me.