I have always enjoyed travelling and exploring and although I would always have my sketchbook with me, sometimes it is simply more convenient to capture images quickly through a camera lens than taking time to paint or draw.
With photography you have to be in a particular place at a particular time with particular conditions to be able capture that very split second of history and therefore all photographic images are unique. I once did a walk with my camera along the coast and discovered these old wooden Beach Groynes (in Sideways Doubles) with pebbles stuck in them, washed up by the rough seas. A few weeks later I decided to do the walk again and take more photos, the Groynes had gone, replaced by a stone breakwater. I had had my chance.