I am a fine art photographer, who likes to play with light and shadows to convey emotions and set moods. I shoot digitally and convert into black and white when I feel that the capture dictates. Some things are left best as they are seen - in living color.
As a child, I saved my money and brownie points to buy a "girl scout" camera. My first critics (family) asked why did you shoot that - that's stupid. My response because I liked the way it looked. We didn't see eye to eye on most things. Fast forward... dabbled in art all my life, painting, pottery, handcrafting jewelry, but came back to photography in full force on the other side of 50...
Do what you love, follow your dreams and your life will be happy.