I've been asked a few times now what my fascination with photography is. To help clarify this answer for some, I'd like to start with the fact that though I love all art forms, photography is just the most convenient way for me to express what I see at this stage in my life. I love drawing and painting, but to have the ability to set up and leave my art supplies unattended and to later come back to can be quite daunting when you have young children around.
Yes, I would love to have the perfect "art" studio. Infact if I could live in a hut and just have every art medium available at a whim would be a dream come true. But alas that's not in my current budget or current life. So with photography I can go out and capture a moment then pop that moment in my computer to edit to my hearts content and share the results with the world so to speak. And, I can do all this without having to worry about tiny little hands making their own art out of mine. :)