I am a self-taught photographer, based in the US. I have used various cameras, from analog Minolta, to digital Canon IXUS and Canon EOS Rebel Xsi.
What matters, though, is: to me, photographs trigger thoughts/emotions/ideas and should not need lengthy captions to tell you something about a place, an object, a culture, even me or my skills. You engage or you shrug. It’s your call.